New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday banned Uber cabs from operating in the capital after a passenger accused one of its drivers of rape, dealing a fresh blow to the reputation of the online taxi service.
Uber is banned from operating in the capital with immediate effect and the company will be blacklisted from providing transport services in future, a government statement said.
“(The) Transport Department has banned all activities relating to providing any transport service by the www.Uber.com with immediate effect,” it said.
Friday’s alleged attack on the woman has dealt a major blow to the reputation of the company, which claims to put passengers’ safety first.
Reports say it failed to do a background check on the driver, who faced a separate rape allegation in 2011 and was acquitted the following year.
The 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav will appear in court on Monday after police tracked him down and arrested him on Sunday from Mathura, where he had fled.
Special commissioner Deepak Mishra, said on Sunday that early investigations showed GPS had not been installed in the taxi and police background checks were not conducted on the driver.
However Uber said it had complied with city regulations. Background checks are “currently absent in (Delhi’s) commercial transportation licensing programmes,” chief executive Travis Kalanick said in a statement.
“What happened over the weekend in New Delhi is horrific. Our entire team’s hearts go out to the victim of this despicable crime,” the statement added.