The Supreme Court granted the Delhi government extra time until September 30 to complete the motor vehicle aggregator rules governing bike taxis. The court has granted the state government’s application in this respect. The Delhi government has petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the Delhi High Court’s judgment to ban bike taxi services.
On June 12, 2023, the Supreme Court stayed the High Court judgment that permitted Uber, Rapido, and other two-wheeler bike taxis to operate in New Delhi, thereby removing the Delhi government’s prohibition. The Delhi AAP government has challenged in the Supreme Court the Delhi High Court’s May 26 judgment, which had directed it not to take any forced action against bike taxi aggregators until the final policy was implemented.
The AAP government’s petitions were considered by a vacation bench comprising Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Rajesh Bindal. The bench has given the Delhi government until September 30 to adopt and regulate the final policy. Until then, bike taxis will not operate in Delhi due to the Delhi government’s restrictions.
The Delhi government issued a circular urging bike taxis not to operate in the city. Along with the prohibition, the government informed the bike taxi aggregators that any infringement will result in a punishment of up to Rs 1 lakh, prompting the aggregators to file a case with the Delhi High Court. Overall, a judgment on the operation of bike taxis in Delhi would be made only after September 30.