Pune RTO: Drive against app-based cab services put on hold, Click to know the reason

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The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) has announced a temporary halt in its crackdown on app-based cab services in Pune city. The decision, spanning 30 days, has been implemented amidst ongoing board exams in the state, with the intention of decreasing inconvenience for passengers.

Earlier, plans were in motion for strict action against two major aggregator-based cab companies, Ola and Uber. Both were previously barred from operating in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and Baramati by the Pune District Collector due to violations of the Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines Act, 2020.

Despite the RTO’s efforts in forming squads to inspect aggregator cabs in the city, no punitive measures have been taken thus far. Sanjeev Bhor, the Pune regional transport officer, clarified that no actions have been initiated against these companies during the temporary suspension. Instead, they have been granted a 30-day window to appeal to the appellate authority regarding the decision. Bhor emphasized the necessity of considering the ongoing board exams and avoiding sudden disruptions to passengers. Throughout this, app-based cab companies are expected to respond to notices issued by the RTO. This period aims to provide an opportunity for the companies to address concerns while ensuring minimal disruption to transportation services in Pune.

The decision reflects a delicate balance between regulatory enforcement and public convenience, particularly during the crucial period of board exams. It underscores the importance of addressing regulatory issues while acknowledging the broader implications for commuters and stakeholders in the transportation sector.

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