Carpooling now illegal in Bengaluru, can attract fines up to Rs 10,000
The transport department in Bengaluru has banned carpooling in the city. Officials said that carpooling can attract penalties up to Rs 10,000.
According to sources, the decision was taken after the department received several complaints from the cabs association. Officials in the transport department said unregistered cars cannot be used as cabs.
“White number plates that are not registered for commercial use cannot be used as cabs for business.”
According to a Times of India report, officials said those involved in carpooling using mobile applications may invite repercussions that could include the suspension of the registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle for six months and a penalty that can range from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.
"Carpooling apps are violating rules by aggregating private cars that cannot be used for commercial purposes. We have been receiving complaints from unions of taxi drivers. RTOs have been directed to act against these illegal operations," said the official.