Uber applies for radio taxi licence to operate in Delhi
New Delhi: Over a month after it was banned in the national capital, US taxi-hailing app maker Uber said it has applied to become a licensed radio taxi operator and will hire only drivers who passed police background checks recently.
In a significant change to its business model, Uber Technologies Inc on January 21 applied to be licensed under a programme that requires operators to install satellite tracking devices and use a central control room.
Uber had till now insisted that it was a technology service connecting drivers with potential riders and not a taxi company.
In a statement, the San Francisco-based company said it will hire drivers who had their background checked by police within six weeks before their applications.
Also, it would conduct independent background checks for all its drivers as well as review vehicle documentation to ensure rider safety.
Besides, additional safety features such as an in-app emergency button and a dedicated incident-response team nationwide would be set up.