After protests in Telangana earlier this month, Ola and Uber drivers have threatened to go on strike on January 26 reports Factor Daily. On Sunday, several hundred drivers protested outside Town Hall in Bangalore asking for enforcement of the taxi aggregator rules introduced last year, the Hindu reported.
The drivers also protested the fact that the cab aggregators take a commission of 30% instead of the the mandated 10%. Drivers also demanded a better fare structure, especially for airport taxis, relaxed target hours to get incentives, Bangalore Mirror reported.
The Hindu report added that the threat of a strike remained since last month when the aggregators fixed a flat rate for rides to the airport which resulted in loss of earnings. Ola and Uber set up dedicated parking zones in Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport.
MediaNama has written to both Ola and Uber for comments and will update once we hear from them.
Meanwhile, the protests come at a time when Uber has been raising fares for customers in Delhi and Mumbai. In Mumbai, Uber hiked its ‘ride time fare’ by 50 paise per minute on uberGO (hatchbacks) and uberX (Sedans) rides, and also increased base fare for uberX rides by Rs 5 per km. Uber had earlier hiked fares in Delhi to Rs 1.5 per minute on all of its rides including uberGo, uberPOOL and uberX, bringing up fares by about 10-15% in the city. The company also hiked fares in Delhi for rides longer than 20 kms and changed the pricing in Pune to Rs 15 per kms after the first 15 kms.
In December, radio taxi operators protested against Ola and Uber’s policies which they termed as predatory and that they did not follow the prescribed limits set by the government, as noted by this News Minute story.