Uber and Ola drivers' stir may continue

Posted On Friday, 24 February 2017 09:36

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The ongoing protest by drivers linked to Uber and Ola cab services in the city is likely to continue on Friday. As a large chunk of drivers remained off the roads on Thursday, people who depend on these services, were put to inconvenience.

On Thursday, a few of the agitating drivers obstructed those who were working. Police detained at least 10 of the protestors.

Srinivas MK, a driver, said: “Our demands on commission, incentive and trips are not being heard. Although we had called for a protest since Wednesday, no representative from Ola or Uber invited us for talks. We will continue to strike till our demands are met,“ he said. Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber Drivers and Owners Association said the state government is not concerned. “We held protests peacefully. At least 90% of the cabs were off the road.“

On the government's part, transport minister R Ramalinga Reddy said the drivers should approach the labour court instead of inconveniencing passengers.

“It is a problem between the aggregators and drivers. Although several meetings were called to solve the problem, both parties were not interested,“ he said.

With higher percentage of vehicles remaining off the road, commuting in the city was a problem for many.

“I had to wait for at least 30 minutes to get a cab and I ended up paying more than the usual,“ Deepika VK, who took a cab from Koramangala to MG Road, said.

News source: ET Tech

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