The Supreme Court has asked the central government to frame laws governing taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber to ensure the safety of women passengers.
A bench headed by Justice SA Bobde asked the petitioner Nipun Saxena to make a representation to the ministry of transport on regulating the app-based taxi providers.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who is assisting the apex court as amicus curiae in the matter of women’s safety, told the bench comprising Justices Bobde, R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai that the aggregators were operating in a vacuum with no regulations and that these operators were not covered under the Motor Vehicles Act, according to reports by wire agencies.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill under consideration by the Parliament includes clause to regulate Uber and Ola, which so far fell under the ambit of state transport departments.
Jaising further added that the transport department does not monitor the security of women in these cabs.
Saxena had filed the petition in the aftermath of the Delhi gangrape in December 2012.