New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to impose a blanket ban on taxi services such as Ola and Uber.

Justice Mukta Gupta tagged a plea by the association of radio taxis seeking to enforce ban orders against these taxi services along with other public interest litigations (PILs) of similar nature. She, however, did not agree to impose the ban at this stage, saying the Delhi High Court on 11 June directed these taxi operators to approach the transport department of Delhi again with fresh applications for licences.

The association claimed that these radio taxi operators were offering their services without appropriate licences, despite being banned. “They’re not licenced. They are running with impunity," the association told the court on Monday.

The petition, a copy of which was reviewed by Mint, sought directions to the home ministry, the telecom ministry and the Delhi transport ministry to ensure that operations by Ola, Taxi For Sure (owned by Ola) and Uber were sealed. Further, they sought to shut down websites belonging to Ola, Uber, Taxi For Sure and Genie Cabs. They have also asked for criminal action against the heads of these cab companies and penal action against taxi drivers. The taxis attached to these services have also been asked to be taken off the road.

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