HC seeks report from Delhi government on ban on diesel cabs

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday sought a status report from the city government and traffic police on steps taken by them to implement its and the Supreme Court’s orders against the operation of diesel cabs here.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath issued notice to the Centre and city governments and traffic police on a PIL that alleged that diesel cabs were running in Delhi in violation of court orders.

The high court posted the matter for October 6 for further hearing.

The high court on August 11 asked the Delhi government to “strictly enforce” the ban imposed by it on January 1.

On January 1, the Delhi government had banned the operation of app-based cab services till they complied with the guidelines of the Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006 which was amended on December 26, 2014.

In another plea, the bench asked the Delhi government to treat as a representation a PIL seeking suspension of licence of all app-based cab operators, including Uber India, till they adhere to safety norms like embedding GPS in their taxis running here.

It asked the government to take a decision within a week of receiving the representation and disposed off the plea.

The government was not implementing its Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006, which was modified in December last year, as well as the recent City Taxi Scheme brought out last month, both of which prescribed various safety norms that cab operators have to comply with, said the plea.

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