Ola soon will become the first ride hailing service to operate in Karnataka. The licence will be issued by the Karnataka State Road Transport Authority.
Under the Karnataka on-demand Transportation Technology Aggregator Rules 2016, it will be one of the first licensing orders issued by the Government. The rules has been made to make the registration process easier, and relaxed and subsidized the licensing fee for the aggregators.
According to the rules, Ola should have a minimum of 100 cabs and a maximum of 15k cabs. There should be a GPS device and detailed technical refinements for cabs. Ola didn’t want the Government to put a limit on its surge pricing and to operate at a fixed pricing model by the new rules. Taxi For Sure working under Ola has asked for a separate license for the same.
HG Kumar, additional commissioner of transport and state transport authority, said
“The licence will be ready in two days. They have fulfilled the conditions under the new rule and furnished details of 100 vehicles. These vehicles have city and state taxi permits. The company has also paid more than Rs 1 lakh as security deposit. But the sister-concern, TaxiForSure has not yet complied with the rules. Ola has made a separate application for licencing the latter.”