Uber to resume operations in Delhi

2015-01-23 11:33
Indian police escort Uber taxi driver and accused rapist Shiv Kumar Yadav following his court appearance in New Delhi. (Chandan Khanna, AFP)

Indian police escort Uber taxi driver and accused rapist Shiv Kumar Yadav following his court appearance in New Delhi. (Chandan Khanna, AFP)

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New Delhi - The app-based taxi service Uber has applied for a radio taxi licence and hopes to restart operations in New Delhi, where it was banned after allegations that one of its drivers raped a female passenger, officials said Friday.

Uber will improve passenger safety by introducing additional safety measures including more stringent driver verifications and checks, an in-app emergency button and a dedicated incident response team, its spokeswoman Chhavi Leekha wrote in a blog post.

A Delhi transport department official confirmed Uber had applied for a licence to operate as a radio taxi service on Thursday, giving up its long-standing insistence that Uber is a technology provider and not a transport operator.

"We will scrutinize their application to see if they fulfil criteria and only then grant a licence. It's not as if they have resumed operations on roads. This will take time," the official said.

The US-based company was compelled to register as a taxi operator, an Uber spokesperson said, because it felt "helpless" after Delhi's transport authorities continued to insist that Uber obtain a licence as a radio taxi service, the Economic Times reported.

In December, a 27-year-old financial executive said she was raped by an Uber driver in Delhi. Delhi's transport department soon thereafter outlawed Uber's operations because it was not registered as a taxi service.

The driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, has been arrested and a fast-track trial has begun.

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