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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Ola cabs, an app-based taxi service has been directed by the Delhi High Court on Thursday to only run Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel-based vehicles in the national capital.

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Congress leader and senior lawyer P. Chidambaram represented ANI technologies (Ola cabs) in the high court, and promised that diesel-based vehicles of the taxi service will be taken off the roads within two weeks.

Respecting the court’s order, Ola Cabs on Thursday said: “We respect the orders and will continue to be committed to building mobility for a billion people.

“We have introduced a technology that will help distinguish CNG and diesel vehicles on its app, which will help the company keep track of the drivers’ compliance with the cleaner fuel norms in Delhi. It will also enable users to choose only CNG vehicles for usage within Delhi.

Meanwhile, another leading player, Meru Cab service has also introduced a new ride-sharing service, named “Car Pool” for its customers across India.

In a release, Meru Cabs CEO Siddhartha Pahwa said that the service will enable personal vehicle owners and city commuters to reduce their daily travel costs, get an opportunity to meet new people and simplify their commute in a safe and secure environment.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Ola Expands its Business, Starts Services in UK

The seven-year-old Ola claims to have 125 million users in 110 cities

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Ola enters UK, rides in South Wales.

Indian ride-sharing major Ola on Monday forayed into the UK market by launching its services in South Wales, the company said in a statement.

“Ola will offer the customers in South Wales, including in Cardiff, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan, the option of hailing private hire vehicles and taxis on one platform,” the city-based online cab aggregator said in a statement here.

With a plan to expand across the UK by the end of this year, Ola said it has already obtained the licences to operate in Greater Manchester, in northwest England, where it will begin its operations soon.

Over the past few weeks, the company has received positive feedback from the drivers in South Wales, said Ola UK Managing Director Ben Legg.

“We will work with the local authorities in helping the people with their mobility,” Legg said in the statement.

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Founded in 2011, Ola has been competing against Uber in the ride-hailing market. IANS

As part of launching its services in UK, the company is offering limited discount rides to its customers.

Ola’s UK entry comes about seven months after it announced driving into Australia on January 30 to foray into the international market to rival US-based Uber.

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The Bengaluru-based firm is currently operating in seven cities across Australia including Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Canberra.

Founded in 2011, Ola has been competing against Uber in the ride-hailing market.

The seven-year-old Ola claims to have 125 million users in 110 cities. (IANS)