Rapido is an online managed public transport service just like Ola, Uber, and many others. It was founded in the year 2015 and it came into went popular in pretty much a short time as it offered bike services which no other company had done. It allowed people to travel from point A to B at cheaper rates with struggling less from traffic. Now, the company has decided to move forward with some mandatory safety features like they have made to wear seatbelts in an autorickshaw. This rule will be first applied in Bangalore.
Pavan Guntupalli, Co-founder of Rapido Auto, commented on the new safety program in a recent media interaction. He stated, “Being a responsible service provider, we truly believe that road safety is an important concern today, so running an awareness campaign and taking strict training sessions for captains (drivers) is part of our policy from day one…Since road accidents in India have startling statistics, Rapido’s initiative seeks to reduce fatalities and injuries.”
The official statement from the government of Delhi stated, “The aggregator policy, which is being finalized, plans to bring in norms to regularise bike taxis. The policy will make it mandatory for aggregators to onboard electric two-wheelers and encourage sustainable transportation, which is our focus.”
The transport department stated, “It has been brought to the notice that two-wheelers having non-transport (private) registration mark/numbers are being used to carry passengers on hire, which is purely a commercial operation and a violation of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. In addition, the driving license of the driver will be suspended for a minimum period of three years.”
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Moreover, the authority has claimed that digital organizations like Ola, Uber, and Rapido apps, might be fined ₹1L under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Before banning in Delhi, the Bombay High Court commanded the Rapido bike service to stop its operations immediately as they had not yet completed the process of obtaining a license from the Maharashtra government.