By presenting this petition to the Chief Justice, DY Chandrachud, he agreed to hear it on 23 January. Lead lawyer Mukul Rohatgi requested an early hearing on the matter. He said the firm has thousands of workers. The Bombay High Court last week asked Roppen Transportation Services, which operates the Rapido, to immediately stop services in Maharashtra as the company has not received a license from the state government. Rapido has to close its services before January 20.
Earlier, the Bombay High Court had rebuked a Pune-based bicycle taxi company for providing services without obtaining a license from the Maharashtra government and ordered it to stop services immediately. Roppen Transportation appealed to the High Court after receiving a communication from the Maharashtra government last month. The state government had refused to license the pedicab services to the company. The Maharashtra government said there is no policy for licensing or setting rates for cycle taxis in the state.
In this regard, the Maharashtra government told the High Court that a committee has been formed to explore the possibility of making guidelines for cycle taxis in the state. The issue of not having a license for these services has also been raised in some states against Ola and Uber, which provide taxi services through the app. However, the issue was later resolved. Last year, the Kerala government decided to start its own e-taxi service. With this, the people of the state will have the option of traveling through the e-taxi service of the Government of Kerala instead of Ola and Uber. This service has been initiated by the Kerala Department of Labour.
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