SC to examine plea to make Ola, Uber accountable for drivers' offences

The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would examine a plea to regulate app-based taxi service providers like Ola and Uber to make them accountable for offences committed by drivers of their vehicles.

The top court took note of the fact that the headquarters of most internet-based taxi providers are located in foreign countries and recently Uber was banned in London for refusing to subject to the jurisdiction of local laws.

"The issue of regulating public transport including internet-based taxi services will be taken up on December 7," a bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.

The bench's remark came after senior advocate Indira Jaising, who is assisting the court as amicus curiae in a matter related to the implementation of victim compensation scheme for sexual offences and acid attacks and women security, said several incidents of crime committed by their drivers have been reported.

She said recently Uber was banned from plying in London as they had refused to subject themselves to the jurisdiction of the local courts.

"These companies who run the app-based tax services do not have company headquarters in India. Some companies have their headquarters in Norway or in other foreign countries. It is very difficult to hold them accountable for any crime committed by their drivers," Jaising said.

She said that several crimes committed by these drivers have come to not...

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