Pune RTO starts cracking down on illegal bike taxis, 35 seized

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Pune RTO has again launched a campaign against illegally operating auto rickshaws and two-wheeled bicycle taxis based on apps

The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) has again launched a campaign against illegally operating auto rickshaws and two-wheeled bicycle taxis based on apps. Around 35 bike taxis were seized in two days and now the RTO itself has called on citizens not to use this service and will file a police complaint against bike taxi drivers and companies operating these services illegally.

According to information shared by RTO of Pune, there are many complaints against illegally operating app-based bike taxis and despite repeated warnings and measures taken earlier, these two-wheeled bike taxis are still operating in all the city. While numerous complaints have been lodged by the auto-rickshaw unions against the aggregation companies which manage such services and the cycle-taxi drivers.

“We have launched a campaign against illegal cycle taxis in Pune Division and so far 35 illegally circulating cycle taxis have been seized by the RTO inspector teams. As part of this campaign, our RTO inspectors identify and verify bicycle taxis circulating illegally in the city. There is no legal permission given for two-wheeled passenger transport nor any permission given under the Motor Vehicle Regulations of Maharashtra to operate a cycle taxi,” said Ajit Shinde, Regional Transport Officer of Pune.

“Our appeal to the public is not to use this service because if an accident occurs during such a trip, they will not be able to obtain any accident insurance. In addition, we will file complaints with the police against these bicycle drivers -taxi and these aggregation companies that operate this business illegally,” Shinde said.

While the process of legalizing bike taxis in the state is ongoing, until they are made legal, the RTO will continue to take action against them. The state’s Department of Transportation is working to legalize these bike taxis and steps are being taken to make necessary changes to regulations and license them. But there is strong opposition from auto unions to legalizing these bike taxis as it impacts their business.

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