Karnataka transport department on Thursday issued notices to ANI Technologies, ride-hailing platform Ola’s parent company, Uber and Rapido, calling their autos “illegal” and asking them to stop the services in three days.

This comes after several commuters registered complaints with the transport department over Ola and Uber charging a minimum of Rs 100 even if the distance is below two kilometres.

The minimum auto fare in the city is fixed at Rs 30 for the first 2km and Rs 15 for every kilometre thereafter.

According to the department’s notice, ride-hailing companies have to stop their auto services at the earliest and also not to charge passengers in taxis more than the fare prescribed by the government.

Meanwhile, Transport commissioner THM Kumar has said they have granted licences to these firms under the Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016, to run only taxis. The rules do not apply to autos.

Last month the transport department slapped as many as 292 cases on the ride-hailing apps based on complaints of overcharging by citizens.

Commuters have been filing multiple complaints via email to the chief minister as well as top government officials in this matter. The department also carried out inspection drives to identify such aggregators and drivers in different parts of the city.

Adarsh Auto Drivers’ Union general secretary C Sampath said the plan to stop aggregator auto services will not affect drivers.