February 14: The Patan High Court has issued a mandamus order to the government to regulate ride–sharing apps by formulating laws.
A division bench of high court judges Shreeman Kumar Gautam and Meena Gautam Sedhain ordered the Department of Transport Management (DoTM), Traffic Police and other concerned authorities to formulate necessary laws to regulate ride-sharing apps.
Spokesperson of the high court Shambhu Prasad Regmi confirmed that the judges instructed the concerned government authorities to formulate laws to regulate ride-sharing apps at the earliest.
Currently, apps like Tootle, Pathao and Sarathi have been providing ride-sharing service in Kathmandu.
The DoTM had made attempts to stop such service arguing that vehicles with private number plates are not allowed to provide public transportation service under the law of the country.
The Vehicle and Transportation Management Act 2049 does not allow private vehicles to provide public transportation service. As per the law, operation of Tootle and Pathao is illegal in Nepal.
However, after a public outcry against the government move to ban ride-hailing services, which have been quite popular among the people, the department allowed the apps to provide their service for the time being. There was an understanding that such apps would be allowed to operate until relevant laws are formulated.