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Portland city of US sues Uber for illegal operation

The city of Portland in Oregon said it is prepared to issue civil and criminal penalties against Uber and its drivers for operating without required permits and inspections 

 

International taxi-booking service Uber, which has been banned in Delhi after a woman passenger accused one of its drivers of rape, has been sued by the US city of Portland for operating its service illegally.
 
The city of Portland in Oregon sued Uber, three days after the California-based ride sharing service launched its widely publicised service last Friday.
 
In its lawsuit, the city of Portland asked the court to declare that the ride provider is subject to city regulations and can’t operate in it until it complies with city rules.
 
The Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, argued that the city’s main concern is public health and safety.
 
“Our main concern is public health and safety, because the state invested in the cities the responsibility to do that. Beyond that, though, is the issue of fairness. Taxi cab companies follow rules on public health and safety,” he said.
 
“So do hotels and restaurants and construction companies and scores of other service providers. Because everyone agrees: good regulations make for a safer community. Uber disagrees, so we’re seeking a court injunction,” Hales said.
 
After the lawsuit was filed, Transportation Commissioner Steve said the city is prepared to issue civil and criminal penalties against Uber and its drivers for operating without required permits and inspections.
 
Portland requires permits for drivers and companies that offer taxi or executive sedan service within the city limits.
 
“If Uber thinks there should be no maximum price on what they charge Portlanders, they should make their case to the Portland City Council. If Uber thinks taxi companies shouldn’t have to serve people with disabilities, they should make their case. If Uber thinks taxis should not have to have proper insurance in case of a crash, they should tell us why we should allow that,” Novick said.
 
The lawsuit asked the Court to order Uber to stop operating in Portland until it is in compliance with the city’s safety, health and consumer protection rules.
 
Earlier another city in Oregon – Eugene – had asked Uber to cease its operation.
 
Uber was banned from operating in Delhi after the passenger accused one of its drivers of rape.
 
Similarly, Dutch judges banned UberPOP, which allows non-professional drivers to register with Uber via a mobile phone and offer trips in their own cars at half the price of a regular cab.
 

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November car sales up 9.5% to 1.56 lakh units

During November, vehicle sales across categories increased 5.03% to 16.03 lakh units from 15.27 lakh units same month last year

 

India's domestic passenger car sales during November 2014 increased 9.52%to 1.56 lakh units compared with 1.43 lakh units in the year-ago month.

 

Motorcycle sales, however declined 3.05% to 8.53 lakh units from 8.80 lakh units in November 2013, says data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

 

Total two-wheeler sales in November rose 4.89% to 13.01 lakh units while sales of commercial vehicles rose 9.05% to 47,686 units, SIAM said.

 

Vehicle sales across categories registered an increase of 5.03% to 16,03,292 units from 15,26,514 units in November 2013, it added.

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Aadhaar details not mandatory for PF transactions

Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya clarified that Aadhaar number is not mandatory for provident fund transactions

 

Submission of Aadhaar number details by subscribers is not mandatory for any provident fund (PF) transaction, the Parliament was informed.
 
“No Madam,” Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in written reply to Lok Sabha on a query whether the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has made it mandatory to submit Aadhaar number details of employees for any PF transition.
 
The minister said that Aadhaar number is issued to resident of India. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has adopted multi-registrar model for enrolments.
 
Under the model, various non-government agencies such as banks, which, in the normal course of implementations of their operations interact with residents, are appointed as registrar to enrol the residents. The registrar enrols residents by deploying enrolment agencies. 
 
Retirement fund body EPFO has recently decided to become a registrar of the UIDAI to facilitate enrolment of its subscribers who don’t have Aadhaar numbers.
 
EPFO wants to seed over 4.2 crore portable universal PF Account Numbers issued by it, with the Aadhaar number of subscribers.
 
Certain facilities like online settlement of PF withdrawal claims can be provided to all those members whose PF accounts are seeded with Aadhaar number as biometric details would help to facilitate the big financial transactions.

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