Empowering states to fix minimum and maximum fare of taxis run by appbased aggregators and allowing surge pricing up to 2-3 times of the minimum fare are likely to be the key features of the Centre’s policy framework for operators and aggregators such as Ola and Uber. States would also get the flexibility to allow taxis to operate beyond city limits.
Considering that entry of app-based taxi aggregators has made life of commuters easier and they will play a key role to limiting the rising number of vehicles, the road transport ministry has backed the idea of making registration and operation of taxis easier. However, all taxis including those operating under aggregators would have to comply with the fuel norms specified by the respective state governments. Similarly , calibration of the mobile digital fare apps will have to be done as per procedure.
There were instances of exorbitant surge pricing and tampering in calculation of kilometres using mobile-based digital fare apps.
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