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News Entry# 289226
Dec 21 2016 (08:13)  HC orders protection to passengers of online cabs (www.thehindu.com)
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Passengers of online cab services should be provided adequate protection, the High Court of Kerala has ordered.
The court issued the order on a petition filed by Vidya Gopalakrishnan of Kakkanad.
A section of the drivers of autorikshaws and local taxies at the Ernakulam South Railway Station had objected to Ms. Gopalakrishnan availing herself of the taxi service provided by Uber. She was reportedly threatened and abused by some drivers during the incident.
police submitted before the court that stern action would be taken against the offenders in the case. They also said seven cases were registered in the Ernakulam and Palarivattom police stations in this regard.
Earlier order
The petitioner pointed out that the court had earlier ordered that the online service taxies had the right to drop and pick up commuters from multi-transportation destinations like airports, railway stations, and bus stands. The court had also specifically instructed the police to maintain law and order in the transportation venues.
Ms. Gopalakrishnan approached the court seeking direction to the police to ensure her effective protection against any physical threat, coercion or injury from the respondents or their supporters who had objected to her taking the Uber service.
The police were bound to render adequate protection to commuters who take online taxi service from airports, railway stations and bus stands, she submitted.
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