Bengaluru traffic cops want Ola, Uber to have own parking spaces for cabs

The Bengaluru Traffic Police is now in discussions with cab aggregators including Ola and Uber about cab parking spaces in high-trade regions. The Assistant Police Commissioner (Traffic) met with representatives of Ola and Uber on Friday and addressed multiple cab aggregator policy problems including parking spaces. The conference follows the decision of the Karnataka Transport Department to prohibit taxi services from sharing.

“A proposal for Ola and Uber to provide parking spaces for their cabs in business regions such as CBD, Koramangala, Jayanagar and the like was discussed. We also addressed numerous problems concerning passenger safety and requested Ola and Uber to send us an action-taken report, “said South-East Division Assistant Police Commissioner (Traffic), Siddalingappa ST.

Traffic police, however, claim the proposal was intended to decrease road vehicle congestion, particularly in business fields where the highways are tiny and the number of vehicles is large.

“The drivers of Ola and Uber cab have their cars parked along the roadside. This becomes a problem for pedestrians and cars to move in business fields. In addition, the streets are not sufficiently broad to allow parking. So, it’s been debated. If Ola and Uber discover options we welcome suggestions, “said a senior official of the Traffic Police.

However, an Ola spokeswoman said the firm had implemented the taxi sharing service as a measure to combat vehicle congestion in the town, which was lately banned by the state’s Transport Department.

“We have always concentrated our efforts on developing mobility alternatives to relieve congestion in traffic. Shared mobility offers such as Ola Share and Ola Bike have decreased the amount of on-road cars and are also common in towns where there is regulation. We engage in constructive discussions with appropriate officials and look forward to building a sustainable transport ecosystem for Bengaluru in collaboration, “said a declaration from Ola.

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