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Karnataka Government Bans Electric Bike Taxi Services Citing Safety Concerns for Women

In a significant move, the Karnataka Government has enforced a ban on electric bike taxi services across the state, citing concerns over the safety of women and violations of the Motor Vehicles Act. The decision comes as a response to the operation of these services by certain private app-based firms, which were found to be flouting regulations and utilizing non-transport two-wheelers for transportation purposes.

The government’s decision to withdraw the 2021 Karnataka Electric Bike Taxi Scheme stems from numerous incidents of clashes between owners and drivers of auto rickshaws and “maxi cabs” with bike riders. Additionally, the scheme posed challenges for the transport department in tax collection, further exacerbating regulatory concerns.

An official notification emphasized the importance of maintaining law and order and prioritizing the safety of women commuters. Consequently, the cancellation of the scheme was deemed necessary to address these pressing issues.

Tanveer Pasha, President of the Ola Uber Drivers and Owners Association, lauded the government’s decision, highlighting the longstanding opposition to the introduction of electric bike taxis. Pasha recalled the initial permission granted by the BJP government in 2021, despite protests from various stakeholders. The adverse impact on the livelihoods of auto and taxi drivers was a key concern expressed by Pasha and others, who actively advocated for the withdrawal of the permission.

This development underscores the complexities surrounding the integration of new transportation modes within existing regulatory frameworks. While electric bike taxis hold promise for enhancing urban mobility and reducing congestion, ensuring compliance with safety standards and regulatory requirements remains paramount.

The ban on electric bike taxi services in Karnataka serves as a cautionary tale for policymakers and industry stakeholders alike, emphasizing the importance of balancing innovation with safety and regulatory compliance. Moving forward, collaborative efforts between the government, industry players, and relevant stakeholders will be essential in navigating these challenges and fostering a sustainable and inclusive transportation ecosystem.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

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