Committee Setup on Surge Pricing by Taxis

Transport ministry has set up a high-level committee to look into various issues pertaining to taxi operators, including existing permits and surge pricing by app-based service providers like Ola and Uber.

The 12-member panel will be headed by Road Transport and Highways Secretary Sanjya Mitra and will also address the issue of surge pricing by app-based aggregators and other taxi service providers.

The panel was constituted as per the direction of the Delhi High Court which fixed August 22 as the deadline after which such entities and other taxi operators cannot charge passengers more than the government-fixed rates.

A committee will to examine all relevant issues related to existing permits given to black/yellow taxis, radio taxis, aggregators etc.

While addressing the issue of surge pricing, the court observed that while taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber reduce the pressure on public transport, “a uniform policy must be devised” for regulating them.