In the instant case of the Government of NCT of Delhi and Ors. vs Roppen Transportation Services Pvt Ltd and Ors a petition contesting the Delhi High Court rulings limiting coercive action against the bike-taxi aggregators Uber and Rapido in opposition to the ban imposed by the Delhi government.
The Delhi Government issued a public notice earlier this year warning against using two-wheelers for commercial reasons since it is against the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and that doing so could result in a 5,000 rupee punishment, an additional 10,000 rupee fine, jail time, and other penalties. The Delhi government was ordered not to take any coercive action against the bike-taxi aggregators and to let them function until additional policy guidelines controlling the grant of licence to such aggregators were announced when the sai has appealed the decision before the Delhi High Court.
The Delhi government led by the Aam Aadmi Party appealed the Delhi High Court’s stay on the government decision to the Supreme Court. On June 12, 2023, the Supreme Court reinstated the government injunction that forbade Rapido and Uber bikes in Delhi. According to reports, the NCT of the Delhi government assured the court that it would create guidelines and a licencing policy for bike aggregators by July 31, 2023, in order to control how they operate.
Observation of the Court
The Delhi High Court’s ruling was overturned as the prohibition on bike taxis in Delhi was reinstated by the Supreme Court’s vacation bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and Rajesh Bindal.