Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary clarified that there is no ban or restriction on running of Ola, Uber or Rapido vehicles in Guwahati city.
He met and interacted with senior representatives of Uber, Ola and Rapido app-based ride companies and held a detailed discussion with them at Janata Bhawan, Dispur on February 26th, 2020. Issues related to safety and observance of Motor Vehicle rules and regulations were discussed.
The Minister stated that all safety norms must be followed to ensure passenger’s safety. He also expressed his support in providing urban connectivity to these agencies. They assured that all safety norms as prescribed by the Government would be followed.
Proful Lall, Head of Corporate Affairs, Rapido, stated that all riders of Rapido are verified and trained. They are given two helmets – one for the rider and another for the passenger. They also provide training for enrolling on their app.
He also informed that there is the provision of SOS (emergency button) which can be used by the passengers. They constantly monitor the movement of bikes so that they do not cross the speed limit.
Anudeepika Jain, Public Policy Lead, Eastern India, Uber informed that they follow the highest safety standard across all countries of the world. There is a control room in Guwahati where operating vehicles are monitored.
They also shared the information that Guwahati is one of the few cities in India where female drivers have been enrolled in their business model.
Bhaskar Borah, Cluster Head, Ola also agreed to follow the Motor Vehicle act and road safety norms. They assured to work closely with the Government to provide the best urban mobility for safe and effective service in Guwahati.
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