Delhi: Travelling via taxi? It might cost you an arm and a leg

| Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 22:29
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Amidst traffic chaos, Uber surges prices

New Delhi: As the national capital grapples with massive traffic snarls, app-based taxi aggregator Uber has brought back surge pricing. Even as the pricing norms remain outside the purview of peak hours, surge pricing at Vijay Chowk was hovering around 3 times the original price.

This comes in the backdrop of Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal promising stern action against those who resort to surge pricing. INcidentally, there was a massive protest on Monday against action by enforcement agencies following the Supreme Court’s decision to ban diesel taxis in Delhi. 

"Some taxis hv started charging surge. Surge not allowed under law. They r warned that strong action will be taken against them," Mr Kejriwal tweeted. (sic)

Mr Kejriwal, during the odd-even rule last month, had asserted that such demand-linked hikes on cab services are to be banned permanently. The Delhi government had cracked its whip on cab service providers on the first week of the second phase of odd-even after Mr Kejriwal termed the concept as "daylight robbery". Authorities had also impounded cabs for overpricing. 
The Delhi government hs also launched a helpline on Monday for citizens to report about taxi operators overcharging under surge pricing, 

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