Rapido, a bike taxi aggregator, has been ordered by the Bombay High Court to cease operations in Maharashtra immediately because it lacks a licence to provide bike taxi or rickshaw services.
Following this, Rapido agreed to suspend all of its services in Maharashtra, including bike taxis, rickshaws, and food delivery, until January 20, 2023. Rapido informed the court that the app is no longer available in the state.
A division bench of Justices Gautam Patel and S G Dige warned the Pune-based taxi aggregator to either immediately suspend its bike taxi services or the court would have to issue directions to the state authorities exempting the company from obtaining any licence.
The bench stated that the company cannot operate its services in an unregulated manner in the absence of a licence. Roppen Transportation Services Private Limited filed a court petition in response to a communication issued by the state government on December 29, 2022, refusing to grant it a bike taxi aggregator licence.
In its letter, the state government stated that there was no state policy on licencing of bike taxis and no fare structure policy. The company promised to suspend its operations until January 20, when the court would hear the case again.
Advocate General Birendra Saraf had told the court that the company’s petition ought to be heard only after they discontinue their services.
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