(Photo: Reuters)
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SC asks Centre to consider regulations on taxi aggregators for women safety

  • Apex court asks the petitioners to make representation to the Centre on issue of regulation of cab aggregators for the safety of women passengers
  • Advocate Indira Jaising says mishaps occurring in App-based taxis are not governed under the Motor Vehicle Act as these taxis are intermediaries as per the IT Act

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday has asked the Union government to consider passing regulations on App-based taxi aggregator services like Ola and Uber, for women safety.

The apex court bench headed by Justice S.A.Bopde and comprising of Justice R. Subhash Reddy and B.R. Gavai asked the petitioners to make representation to the Centre on issue of regulation of cab aggregators for the safety of women passengers. The bench was hearing the case related to petition pleading for a one-stop crises centres for woman and the issue of safety and security of women in the App-based taxi services also came up.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising made submissions stating that the App-based taxi services are intermediaries as per the Information Technology Act and hence not governed by Motor Vehicles Act. “They are functioning in a vacuum," said Jaising while bringing to the light that the mishaps occurring in these taxis are not governed under the Motor Vehicle Act.

The counsel for the Centre quipped in and said that such an issue will require amendment in law. "And who can do that, you have to do it," replied Justice Bobde before directing the petitioner to make the representation and gave four weeks time to the Centre.

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