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Delhi govt bans Uber, even as CEO pins rape blame on Indian transportation licensing system

08 December, 2014

In the wake of the Uber rape case in the national capital, the Delhi Government on Monday has banned the services of the global online car hire service in the region, claiming that the company is misleading customers. What this means is that any taxi offering its services using the Uber brand in Delhi can be fined or impounded, according to a The Economic Times report.

“The services of Uber have been blacklisted. We have just issued an order saying Uber’s activities stand banned in Delhi,” Satish Mathur, special commissioner of Delhi Transport Department, told the publication, adding that the service is misleading customers by offering them taxis with all-India permits. “In this rape case, the victim was provided an all India permit taxi which is not allowed to ferry customers point to point in the national capital,” Mathur said.

He also pointed out that Uber never applied to Delhi Transport Department for any permission, is not recognised under the Radio Taxi Rules, and has flouted rules. “The rules say that the radio taxi licensee shall be responsible for the quality of drivers, their police verification, employer control and supervision of drivers and  employee behaviour. The employers shall also ensure that the drivers are safe, reliable and trustworthy,” he said.

However, in a classic case of blame game, instead of owning up the blame for hiring drivers without doing background checking, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has shifted the blame on to the government.

“We will work with the government to establish clear background checks currently absent in their commercial transportation licensing programmes,” Kalanick said in a statement on Monday on the alleged rape case in Delhi involving a Uber driver.

“What happened over the weekend in New Delhi is horrific. Our entire team’s hearts go out to the victim of this despicable crime. We will do everything, I repeat, everything to help bring this perpetrator to justice and to support the victim and her family in her recovery,” Kalanick said.

Interestingly, Kalanick is silent about the firm’s own procedures for checking drivers’ background before bringing in them to its platform.

The driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, who was allegedly involved in the Uber rape case in Delhi, was earlier arrested in another sexual assault case. He was arrested on Sunday after a two-day manhunt by Delhi Police.

(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)


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5 Comments
Adi . 3 years ago

Why is Uber blaming the government when they in the first place didnt perform a background check on their cab drivers? The cab criver already had a case in 2011 for a similar crime. if Uber would have performed a background check I beleive this incident would have been avoided.

amit gupta . 3 years ago

What is the procedure for trainings of cab drivers adopted by Uber?

Prabha . 3 years ago

Uber did perform the background check. The accused was in fact provided a NOC by Delhi Police. Here’s a copy of it

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4UpufJCAAEDCqC.jpg

To blame what appears to be a societal attitude in Delhi to private taxi technology company seems pretty myopic. The problem is much deeper than that. So what happens when a normal taxi driver rapes someone? You ban all taxis?

abhimanyu.agarwalla@ymail.com . 3 years ago

Naïve response from the CEO has just invited trouble on himself. Naturally, the Indian media will only focus on the negative comments rather than the whole response. He has got his answer from the government he has blamed. Now we will see how serious he is about their operations in India.

Dr.Subhash Garg NOIDA . 3 years ago

It is on record that Shiv Kumar Verma was booked twice for rape in past ,why he has not been convicted so far ? why to blame Uber alone why not you blame your own system of Judiciary & police that has become only a ornamental and burden on society Bring judiciary under scan you will find thousand corrupt persons in it. then scan police you will find millions corrupt in it then why to blame Uber ? when our system is faulty and full of corruption opportunist

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Delhi govt bans Uber, even as CEO pins rape blame on Indian transportation licensing system

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