BENGALURU: Police on Thursday arrested the Ola driver who allegedly abandoned a woman passenger on an isolated stretch of Begur Road on Monday after she insisted he take the tolled Ballari Road on her way back from Kempegowda International Airport.
The swift police action comes hours after TOI reported the incident in its Thursday’s edition.
Top cop warns action against Ola
Police will book the cab aggregator on charges of endangering the life of a passenger, said DCP (northeast) Bheemashankar S Guled. Police said the driver claimed he was following the map.
Earlier in the day, police commissioner Bhaskar Rao warned cab aggregators against ignoring commuter safety. We will initiate action against Ola for ignoring passengers’ security despite repeated directives. The aggregator has been told to ensure its vehicles don’t take Begur Road from KIA at night as the stretch lacks streetlights.”
Rao also tweeted, “Women’s safety is paramount… Rest assured, will take action and Revert.
Commenting on Ola’s safety measures, a spokesperson said, “Safety of customers is a top priority for us and we have taken several proactive measures in this regard such as multiple levels of driver verification, 24/7 helpline, in-app emergency button to name a few. We are closely working with the authorities to further integrate solutions that will help create a safe and reliable mobility experience in our cities.”
He further added, “As per the advisory issued by the authorities, we have issued strict instructions to all driver-partners to access the city only through the toll-road; any deviations will lead to immediate termination from the platform.”
Date: October 04, 2019