Uber’s internet address may be blocked in India. This is wake of non compliance of obtaining radio taxi licence from Delhi Government.
The Delhi transport department has initiated steps with Central Government to block the internet address. As you all remember Uber and other taxi app companies were banned from operating in Delhi. After the alleged rape of a passenger by a driver on Uber in December 2014.The transport department amended radio taxi laws and issued direction to radio taxi operators to operate legally.
However radio taxi operators like Ola and Taxi For Sure has obtained the licence. Uber is contesting the fact the fact they should be regulated under Information Technology Act. Meanwhile Delhi Transport department has given Uber to comply by February 25, 2015.
Uber is registered in US and treat India as next largest market after the US. Uber operates across 10 cities in India and 10,000 cabs registered on its platform. The court in Delhi hearing the rape case had raised the issue of banning IP addresses of taxi app companies after the Delhi government complained that continue to operate in the capital despite the ban.
Cyber Law expert and Supreme Court advocate Pawan Duggal said that the blocking of websites in India can be done under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. However he added there are no rules to get them unblocked which are not clear. He further added “A court order may be added to get it unblocked,”
On the other side a spokesperson from Uber said that the company will work with authorities and “evaluate the perceived deficiencies in the time period provided to us by the government.”
This is not first time that a website has been blocked in India. Last December 2014, Government of India had blocked 32 websites that includes Vimeo, Dailymotion and SourceForge few others.
If the Central Government blocks Uber’s IP materializes the company’s website and mobile phone application will not be accessible in India. This may mark in shutting down of operations in the country.