November 21: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has warned ride hailing applications not to use private vehicles for public transportation.
Issuing a public notice on Tuesday, the department said that private vehicles cannot render services other than the ones mentioned while registering the vehicles. The department has warned of action if the popular ride hailing apps like Tootle and Pathao flout the existing rules.
According to the Vehicle and Transportation Management Act 2049, vehicles registered for private use cannot render public transportation service. Section 8 of the Act clearly states that a vehicle registered for any one purpose cannot offer any other kind of services.
However, mobile apps like Tootle and Pathao, which have become quite popular in the capital, are using private vehicles for public transportation. The department said it issued the notice after receiving complaint that the ride hailing apps were using private vehicles for public transport.
About a year ago, the department had written to the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division to take action against the ride hailing apps which were operating against the laws. The decision courted controversy after police arrested four riders. Due to widespread public criticism against the police action, Prime Minister KP Oli directed the concerned government bodies not to take action against the ride sharing apps.
However, the same situation has once again prevailed with the latest notice of the department. Traffic police can fine up to Rs 2000 for any private vehicle providing public transportation service.