Aditya Kondalamahanty | Inc42
After just over a day into a Karnataka-wide ban Ola’s parent company ANI Technologies, the suspension was lifted on Saturday night (March23).
Karnataka’s minister for Social Welfare, Priyank Kharge, took to Twitter to announce that the ban imposed on the home-grown ride-hailing unicorn, had been lifted. Mr Kharge said that Ola would run its business as usual.
Ola’s had been stopped from running cab operations in the state of Karnataka for allegedly violating the license conditions for running bike taxis and also violating government rules.
On March 18, the Regional Transport Office suspended the license given to Ani Technologies Pvt Ltd, the parent company of Ola and said that the company will not be able to run its aggregator service for any vehicles including cars, autos and bikes for the next six months.
The suspension order was issued to Rapido as well.
The company is yet to to issue an official confirmation.
While the suspension came into effect on Friday, Ola users in Bengaluru told Inc42 that they were able to book cabs on Saturday and there was no disruption in services.
The ban followed a long-running point of contention between Ola and the Karnataka’s transport department over bike taxis. In February, 2019 the transport department had written to Ola and Rapido to stop their bike taxi services immediately.
Ola sent its reply on March 3, 2019. As the company’s reply was not satisfactory and did not provide any evidence which proved it did not violate norms, the Transport Department, as on March 18, 2019, has decided to suspend the license of Ola for a period of six months.
In February Ola’s bikes were also seized after the secretary of the state transport authority, Narendra Holkar had reportedly directed officials to seize any such bikes if found and also penalise them.
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