The government is planning to demarcate the commissions charged by the taxi aggregator companies like Ola and Uber . People aware of the case said that the rules being made for taxi aggregators will include that they will take a commission of up to 10 percent of the total fare from the drivers. This is the first time for the government to consider commissioning. Currently these companies charge around 20 percent commission. State governments can also impose a charge on the earnings of the aggregators if they wish. This has been said in the guidelines given to the officials of the states. ET has seen these.
Penalty on Guidelines for Ride Cancellation In addition to the commissioning of the commission, the rules related to Surge Pricing, Passenger and Driver Safety, Penalty for Drivers and Aggregators and Licensing for Aggregators are also given. In the guidelines regarding the big issue of canceling the rides of drivers, a penalty of 10-50 percent of the total fair has been suggested. However, it has been said that the penalty should not exceed Rs 100. Also, states will also be able to decide the maximum number of rides a driver can cancel in a week.
Penalty tips on travelers
Similarly, for cancellation of rides without reason, there is a suggestion of imposing a penalty of 10-50 percent of the total fare on the passengers. It has also been talked about keeping it up to 100 rupees. On the disputed issue of surge pricing, the government has suggested limiting it to double the base fair. The Base Fair State can decide or the aggregator can suggest it and it has to be reviewed every quarter. However, there is also another rule that Surge pricing can be imposed on only 10 percent of the total rides of a driver in a day.
When will the new rules come?
A senior official of the Road Transport and Highways Ministry said, "We are considering issuing a draft of these rules to get public feedback next week." The ministry shared these guidelines with the states last month. The official said, "The guidelines that were shared will be more or less the same in the draft." The final rule for cab aggregators will be notified under the Motor Vehicle Act 2019, which came into force on September 1. These rules can be formalized by the end of this year.