RTO to decide on Ola's future in Pune on April 22.

The State Transport Appellate Tribunal (STAT) has scheduled a hearing for April 22 to determine whether Ola, the popular online cab aggregator, should be allowed to operate in Pune city. Sanjeev Bhor, deputy commissioner of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) Pune, confirmed this, stating that the RTO will submit a report to the tribunal on April 20, two days before the hearing.

Bhor also mentioned that there have been no updates regarding a hearing for Uber's operations. In March 2024, after a meeting chaired by Pune district collector Suhas Diwase and attended by transport officials, the RTO officially rejected the applications of Uber India Systems Pvt Ltd and ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd, the parent companies of Uber and Ola, respectively. Both companies were given a 30-day window to appeal to a higher authority after their rejection.

Ola has filed an appeal with the STAT seeking legal support for obtaining a license to operate in the city. The tribunal has scheduled a hearing following the appeal, with a decision expected within two weeks.

In March 2024, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) initiated a crackdown on 18 cab companies operating without the necessary permits in the city, leading to the closure of their mobile apps and websites. This crackdown came amid ongoing disputes between cab drivers and industry giants Ola and Uber over rental policies, sparking protests from cab unions in Pune.

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