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Uber restarts taxi app service in New Delhi after ban

Reuters, NEW DELHI

US taxi-hailing app maker Uber Technologies Inc has restarted services in India’s capital, after its three apps were banned following allegations of rape by one of its drivers.

Uber’s apps were working in New Delhi yesterday after the company agreed to apply for a radio taxi license, a spokesman said.

The company previously said the license did not apply to a technology company that connects passengers with drivers.

Uber also said it would introduce additional safety measures, including more stringent driver checks, an in-app emergency button and a dedicated incident response team.

“We are setting an even higher standard than current industry requirements,” Uber said in a statement. “Our commitment to make transportation safe in Indian cities has never been more absolute.”

Delhi’s government banned Uber from operating in the city last month after the alleged attack. The case triggered protests and reignited debate about the safety of women in Asia’s third-largest economy, especially in New Delhi, which has been widely dubbed India’s rape capital.

Uber, which was valued at US$40 billion last month, has been dogged by clashes with local governments and concerns about safety.

The EU’s digital policy chief said on Thursday that Uber must show respect for the law after a meeting with CEO Travis Kalanick.

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip said it was a good meeting in Brussels and that both he and Kalanick agreed that “digital powers innovation.”

“We need a well-functioning digital single market, without discrimination, but with respect of law,” Ansip said after the meeting.

Kalanick is visiting Europe this week against a backdrop of regulatory and legal hurdles in countries throughout the continent, including France, Germany and Belgium. Kalanick said he would add 50,000 jobs in Europe if cities from Milan to Madrid change regulations to allow his car-booking service.

Additional reporting by Bloomberg

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