A file photo of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Photo: Bloomberg
A file photo of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Photo: Bloomberg

Uber India to contest notices to CEO Travis Kalanick, other executives

The Delhi government issued challans to Kalanick, Uber India president Amit Jain and general manager for North India operations Gagan Bhatiya over violation of the Motor Vehicles Ac

New Delhi: Uber India, the Indian arm of the app-based taxi aggregator Uber technologies Inc, on Wednesday informed a Delhi court that it would contest the challan (notice) issued to Uber chief executive officer Travis Cordell Kalanick for acting as an agent without having requisite licences.

The Delhi government issued challans to Kalanick, Uber India president Amit Jain and general manager for North India operations Gagan Bhatiya over violation of the Motor Vehicles Act.

The challans were issued under Section 93 of the Motor Vehicles Act that prohibits soliciting or canvassing customers for taxis which do not have state government licenses.

A Delhi court issued notices to them to appear before it.

Uber India, represented by lawyer Sushmit Pushkar, argued that the individuals were not agents canvassing for customers. He said that Uber is contesting the challans as its taxis do not fall under the purview of the state government but under the purview of the Centre, specifically, the All India Transport Permit regulations. Pushkar also argued that there were no rules governing taxi aggregators under Section 93. He informed the court that a similar case against taxi aggregators not having valid licences is pending before the Delhi high court.

Uber sought time to place on record its contentions in writing.

Traffic court judge Vaibhav Mehta, who earlier issued notices to the Uber executives, questioned Uber regarding any advantage it had over other radio taxi operators by not possessing the licences.

“The main concern is whether you have an unfair advantage for not being under a licensing regime," Mehta said.

Allowing time for Uber and the state government to file their written documents, the court said it will hear the case again on 23 July.

The court asked Uber to also provide details of the ongoing case in the Delhi high court and a copy of an order from the Supreme Court allowing diesel taxis to ply till their existing All India Transport Permits expire.

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