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Ola drives Delhi HC to almost throwing a permanent ban at rule-breaking, pollution causing cab app

Taxi-calling app Ola Cabs drove the Delhi high court to the point of suggesting that the app should be permanently banned as it was plying in Delhi without permission from the city’s transport department, reported the Express.

An irate bench headed by justice Manmohan Singh, while hearing Ola’s plea challenging the transport department’s order, told its counsel Khalid Arshad: “I was initially thinking that I shouldn’t ban you, but if you insist on plying without (following) rules then I will have to ban you… you have gone haywire. You are not agreeing to any conditions… your clients are taking the court for a ride. This is not an Ola cab, this is the court.”

“We are trying to find a pragmatic solution and you’ve pushed me into a corner where I will be forced to uphold a complete ban,” warned the court which has now closed arguments and will pronounce the final order on Ola’s plea.

Ola was to renew its licenses in Delhi before plying further.

The court also said that diesel-based commercial vehicles cannot be allowed to run in Delhi and only clean fuels can be used now. But Arshad argued that cabs operated by Ola were all-India permit taxis that comply with Euro-II or Euro-IV emission norms, and could not be banned from operating in Delhi.

“We are the most polluted city in the world. Posterity will not spare us, future generations will not spare us at all,” retorted the bench.

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