The Bombay High Court has directed Rapido, a popular bike taxi service, to immediately stop its operations in the state of Maharashtra. The court has stated that the service is illegal and operates without the necessary licenses and permits. The ban will be in place till January 20.
The court order was passed in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Maharashtra State Transport Commissioner, who had raised concerns about the safety and regulation of bike taxi services in the state. The PIL had also alleged that Rapido and other bike taxi services were operating without the necessary licenses and permits, and had not undergone the required safety and fitness tests.
Rapido, which is a Bengaluru-based start-up, has been providing bike taxi services in Maharashtra for a few years now and has a significant presence in the state. The company operates a fleet of bikes and employs a large number of riders, who are all trained and certified. However, the court has now ruled that the service is illegal and must be stopped immediately.
The court order has come as a major blow to Rapido and the bike taxi industry in Maharashtra. The service had gained popularity among commuters in the state, and the court order is likely to impact the livelihoods of thousands of riders and employees. Rapido has stated that it will comply with the court order and will take necessary steps to ensure that its operations are compliant with all laws and regulations.
The court has also stated that in the event of any violation of the order, Rapido will have to pay a penalty of Rs. 25,000 per violation and the company’s bank guarantee will be encashed.
It is yet to be seen how Rapido and other bike taxi service providers will deal with the court’s decision and whether the state government will come up with a framework that will make it possible for bike taxi services to operate legally in the state.
Overall, the Bombay High court’s ruling to stop Rapido’s operation in Maharashtra has created a big impact on the bike taxi industry, Rapido, and commuters who used to rely on the service. It also highlights the need for the proper regulation of bike taxi services in the state to ensure the safety of commuters and create a legal framework for bike taxi services. The company and state government are expected to work together to resolve this issue and come up with a solution that will satisfy all parties involved.