Supreme Court: Questioned Low Insurance Coverage For Drivers And Riders Under Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines 2020


The Supreme Court in the case Govt of NCT of Delhi And Ors. v. Roppen Transportation Services Pvt. Ltd observed and has indicated dissatisfaction with respect to the insurance coverage that the Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines 2020 which is provided for drivers and pillion riders.
The bench comprising of Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Rajesh Bindal in the case observed while hearing the petition challenging the order of the Delhi High Court allowing bike-taxi aggregators, Rapido and Uber from operating bike-taxis without aggregator licenses in Delhi till a final policy regarding the same is notified by the Delhi Government. Therefore, the court enquired about the insurance coverage for the driver and the pillion rider. The counsel, Senior Advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul appearing on behalf of Uber appraised the Bench that the insurance cover is there for the drivers and that Uber is only an aggregator.
The bench in the case observed and has asked the Counsels representing the aggregators about the insurance coverage. Thus, it has also been submitted by the counsel appearing on behalf of Rapid submitted that it is INR 5 lakhs for both the rider as well as the pillion rider.
Therefore, Kaul in the case stated on behalf of Uber that if some enhancement is required to be done to the insurance coverage that can be looked into. Thus, it has also been emphasized that it is not the primary issue before the Court in the present proceedings and no details arguments were made in respect to the issue of insurance coverage.
Accordingly, the bench did not make any further observation with this regard