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Karnataka High Court Directs State to Consider Applications for Motorcycle Taxis within Two Months

Lawstreet Journal 12 May 2021 10:45pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Karnataka High Court Directs State to Consider Applications for Motorcycle Taxis within Two Months

On Monday, 10 May 2021, a division bench of Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice J H Kazi directed the State Government to consider and decide on the representation made for grant of permits for running a motorcycle taxi service in the state in two months’ time.

The petitioners had contended that section 2(7) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, defines contract carriage, which is an inclusive definition and the power of the Central and State Government to control transport vehicles which also includes a contract carriage and the provisions dealing with application for contract carriage permit namely. 

Further, as per section 73 of the MV Act talks about the grant of contract carriage permit while section 74 lays down the conditions under which they may be granted as well as the waiver of conditions.

Accordingly, permission is being sought for running a motorcycle taxi being a transport vehicle as per Notification dated 05/11/2004 as the appellant is seeking permission to run a motorcycle contract carriage permit. Reliance was also the report of the Committee constituted to Propose Taxi Policy Guideline to Promote Urban Mobility, submitted on 15/12/2016 by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, wherein there is a specific reference to encourage and permit new forms of urban mobility like bike sharing e-rickshaws and to reduce delays and to embrace digital technology online grant of the permits is recommended for such transport vehicles engaged in bike sharing and e-rickshaws for last mile connectivity or even otherwise.

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