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New Delhi clampdown on motorbike taxis hits Uber, Ola

Thousands of drivers face rough road ahead amid government drive to enforce rules

Private motorbike taxis have long plied the streets of India's sprawling capital, weaving through traffic jams to swiftly carry passengers to their destinations. (Photo by Aakash Hassan)

NEW DELHI -- Thousands of people who use their motorcycles or scooters to offer taxi rides in New Delhi face an uncertain future as authorities in the Indian capital clamp down on private two-wheelers carrying paying passengers.

The city's government in February issued newspaper advertisements telling digital companies to "immediately stop" allowing personal bike taxis that offer commercial ride-hailing services on their apps as that violates the capital's laws.

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