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New Delhi: Soon, app-based cabs may be barred from offering the ride-sharing option to customers in the capital.

The City Taxi Scheme, 2017, the draft of which is being finalised by the Delhi government’s transport department, is likely to ban this service as “it’s legally not permitted”.

Under the Delhi government’s City Taxi Scheme, 2017, cab aggregators will be barred from offering shared rides to their customers as “as it is not compatible with the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988”, as per sources.

The scheme, which is aimed at regulating app-based taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber, is being analysed and is said to be in the final stages before it will be implemented, sources said.

Taxis in the city run on contract carriage permits, which allow them to be hired from one point to another. This means cabs can’t pick up or drop multiple passengers. Only vehicles with a stage carriage permit, such as public buses, are allowed to pick and drop passengers at multiple points.

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