Ola Cabs Back on Roads in Karnataka, Two Days After Ban Order

The Karnataka government Sunday allowed Taxi aggregator Ola to resume its service which was suspended two days back for Jogging bike taxis without permission.

“Ola Cabs will run their business as normal from now.

Matrix Partners India, an investor in Ola Cabs, appreciated quick resolution of the situation. “This speed of resolution is much appreciated and augurs well for the new India! Great to see younger ministers dropping the ways of the older ones and promoting speed and innovation,” Matrix Partners India Founder and Managing Director Avnish Bajaj said.

The Karnataka transport department had on Friday suspended the licence of cab aggregator Ola for six months, saying it was running bicycle flights without consent.

“As Ani Technologies Pvt Ltd (Ola Cabs), Bangalore, has broken the Karnataka On-demand Transport Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016, and in the backdrop of the report submitted by the Deputy Transport Commissioner and senior Regional Transport Officer, Bangalore (South), the aggregator licence issued to it until June 19, 2021 was suspended for 6 weeks under the principles,” the order dated March 18’d stated.

Ola in response to the order had said it’s a law-abiding business that has always worked with the authorities to come up with livelihood, improve mobility, and enable a new technology industry. Noting the Karnataka On-demand Transport Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016, has come into effect from April 2016, the department had stated the license issued to Ola Cabs under rules was only for app-based cab service (engine cabs), rather than for bicycle taxi services.


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