Commercial use of privately registered two-wheelers illegal: Karnataka Transport Department

Taxi hailing apps such as Uber and Ola will have to wait till Karnataka comes up with a set of regulations under the Motor Vehicles Act on how to govern them.

Until the notification of the rule, the bike taxi services launched by Uber and Ola in Bengaluru last week, remained unlawful, saytransport department officials.

"We will have to first make enabling provisions under the law before we permit the operation of bike taxis," EV Ramana  Reddy, principal secretary transport told ET.

Karnataka transport department officials say the use of privately registered two-wheelers for commercial use is illegal. Though privately registered two-wheelers have been  used for commercial purposes including transport of goods in small quantities for some time now, it has now come under the scanner of the Regional Transport Office.

''There have been drives in the past to stop the spread of such practices. They cannot use personal vehicles for selling or delivering goods,'' said Narendra Holkar, Joint commissioner for transport. The rules are quite clear that non-transport vehicles cannot be used to move goods or for commercial purposes.

The department recently clarified its stand on bike taxis and deemed them illegal and a massive and stringent crackdown is expected on bike taxis operating over the coming days. The crackdown is also expected to extend to bikes used for the delivery of goods.

Officials said as there had been no specific class of registration for two-wheelers used for commercial purposes like delivery of goods, the issue had been largely ignored by the traffic police and the RTO. The number of cases booked had been limited to instances of carried goods being too conspicuous.

''The usual problem with such vehicles is that they are found parked on the kerbside or in no-parking spots. We fine them when we see violations but no specific drives have been conducted. There is no classification of offences for such vehicles,'' said MA Saleem, additional commissioner of police (traffic).