‘Surge Prices Go to Company, Not Us’: Ola, Uber Drivers on Strike
Video Editor: Vishal Kumar
A strike called by autorickshaw and taxi unions on Monday, 22 October, left the commuters helpless in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).
The one-day strike was called by Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, one of the major auto-taxi unions in Delhi, and supported by others like All India Tour and Transport Association (AITTA).
The unions are protesting against the Delhi government’s policies on cab aggregators Uber and Ola, and the Centre’s rule on speed governors, reported Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, Ola and Uber drivers have also called for strike in Hyderabad and Mumbai, demanding higher minimum fare and charge per kilometer. The drivers want minimum fares to be between Rs 100 and Rs 150, and the charge per km between Rs 18 and Rs 23, HT reported.
Around 30 cab drivers attempted to block a road near the DDA office in Delhi’s ITO. However, they were stopped by the police.
The drivers are also threatening to extend their strike if their demands are not met. They demand KYC for customers, fair pay and a government approved app.
As the city faced a taxi crunch, the commuters expressed their inconvenience. People complained about not getting cabs and having to wait for a longer time and on top of that, paying a higher premium after getting the cab.