The taxi-hailing service Uber was operating again in New Delhi on Friday after a brief hiatus due to allegations one of its drivers had raped a female customer. But the Indian government said the US-based company was still blacklisted and threatened to impound any taxis caught shuttling commuters in the capital. “We have already directed enforcement teams to act on this,” one government official said. Flouting the ban, Uber’s app showed cabs available for service on Friday. To jumpstart business after the hiatus, Uber promised its drivers a bonus of 250 rupees (3.62 euros, $4.00) for every trip until January 31. Rape allegations New Delhi’s transport department imposed a city-wide ban on unlicensed Internet-based taxi operators last month after a 26-year-old woman said an Uber driver had driven her to a secluded area of the city and raped her. When it was revealed that the suspect was a serial offender on bail for sexual assault, Uber was forced to acknowledge that it did not carry out background checks on its drivers in India. The scandal threatened to oust Uber from the capital of its biggest market outside the US in terms of number of cities covered. India’s traditional radio taxi… Read full this story
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