Those who are planning to commute through cab today should buckle up to face the hardship which lies ahead in the day for them. Protesting against the ‘low pay’ app-based cab service provider Ola and Uber will go on a one-day strike on April 18. In the second such action this year, the drivers have called for the fresh strike demanding that cab fares be raised from Rs 6 per kilometre to Rs 20 per kilometre.
According to the vice-president of the Sarvodaya Drivers’ Association, Ravi Rathore said, “the current strike will last a day and may culminate into an indefinite one depending on today’s developments.”
Rathore said, “a protest march will be taken out from Majnu-ka-Tila to the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. There is anger among drivers that government is not intervening in raising their issues with Ola and Uber.”
There are over one lakh app-based taxi drivers in the NCR.
The driver’s association has also been demanding a rollback of the 25 per cent commission drivers are charged by companies like Ola and Uber.
Earlier, driver’s union ‘Sarvodaya Drivers’ Association’ organised a 13-day long cab strike in the National Capital RegionFebruary, 2016.
After which Uber India moved to the Delhi High Court accusing the striking drivers of blocking cabs of drivers who had not joined the strike, confiscating their devices and hampering their legitimate business.
Hearing Uber’s plea, the Delhi HC passed an interim order restraining anyone, including two taxi drivers’ unions, from “hampering” and interfering with the running of app-based cabs of Uber India.