Looks like Ola and Uber have pledged to be in news, for one or the other reason, every single day. Recently, Karnataka government had raised concerns over the practices of the two cab hailing apps in the state and had asked them to comply else end operations. While Uber has said that the rules imposed by the state government were “regressive” and “impossible to comply”, Ola has defended Karnataka’s new regulations governing tech-based cab hailing services, while accusing Uber India of flouting all norms, and doing business in India only for profit.

In a long affidavit to the High Court, which is looking into the legal validity of the April 2 regulations notified by the government, Ola said it is the only cab aggregator to have been issued a license under the new regulations because it has satisfied all conditions. It called Uber’s petition challenging the regulations as

“motivated and has been filed in an attempt to bypass the laws of the land by foreign companies who run their operations in this country for profit without due regard for the applicable laws.”

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Ola said, Karnataka has framed the rules with the primary object

“to promote and ensure the safety of the user-riders availing the services of aggregators… The rules emphasize the need to provide safety and security to the user-riders.”

Additional Advocate General A.S.Ponnanna in his submissions before Justice Aravind Kumar on June 23, mentioned that the government will not allow any aggregator to offer white-board (non-passenger) vehicles on their platforms. Ola, in its affidavit said, does not operate any private vehicles on its platform, while accusing Uber of offering such services in the form of bike-taxies in Gurgaon and car-pooling in Bengaluru

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