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After suspension, Ola says ready to cooperate with Karnataka govt

File photo. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 22, 2019, 05.34 PM (IST)

Karnataka Transport Department on Friday suspended the aggregator licence given to Ani technologies to run Ola cabs.

The transport department suspended the licence after Ola started bike taxi service without approval. 

The licence was suspended for six months as Ola did not respond to the transport department's notice over operating bike taxis. 

A few bikes belong to the company have also been seized.

Meanwhile, Ola in a statement said that the company was evaluating all options to find an amicable solution to the issue.

"Ola is a law-abiding company that has always worked with the Government to develop livelihoods, improve mobility, and enable a new technology industry. We are evaluating all options to find an amicable solution wherein hundreds of thousands of driver-partners in the state of Karnataka can continue to work and serve the mobility needs of our citizens.''

''We have been closely working with the authorities on this topic, responding to queries and making proactive representations to the ministry. Despite other companies continuing to operate illegally, Ola halted our bike taxi experiment weeks ago, instead of seeking the state’s cooperation to develop a legal framework for a pilot that will continue to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the mobility economy,'' the statement added.

Describing the notification ''unfortunate'', Ola said ''We look forward to an opportunity to address these concerns directly with state officials to find a solution for our driver-partners and millions of Ola users in Karnataka."