Despite repeated attempts, there was no response from Ola. New Delhi: A countrywide indefinite strike by drivers of app-based cab aggregators Uber and Ola hit Mumbai and Delhi hard today. The main demands of the unions are that Ola and Uber should ensure business worth Rs 1. It was better to take a kaali-peeli. In Delhi the availability of Ola and Uber cabs have not been significantly hit. In Pune and Mumbai, the taxis were back on the road after a day, though the truce between the drivers and the management seems temporary.
Many protesters vented their anger on Virat Kohli, the brand ambassador for Uber in India The drivers also demanded an increase in the per km rate from the existing Rs 6. We would not participate in such a strike till a consensus is formed among us and a collective decision is taken. Meanwhile, rail roko by hundreds of job aspirants this morning compounded the woes of office-goers in Mumbai who struggled to find transport to reach their offices. Uber and Ola drivers in Bengaluru have decided not take part in the strike. Pune commuters left stranded as Ola, Uber go on strike The drivers are demanding a change in the minimum base fare depending on the type of car and a change in the per kilometre fare. Farook Ahmed, who has been driving for both Ola and Uber, pointed out that the device provided to them to track kilometres covered during a ride is faulty.
They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh, and were expecting to make Rs 1. In Pune and Mumbai, the taxis were back on the road after a day, though the truce between the drivers and the management seems temporary. Naik that the companies had promised that drivers will be making at least 1. An Ola spokesperson told Medianama that the Mumbai Police has taken all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of commuters during their cab rides in the city. The protest will require the drivers to not login into the application and accept bookings. The strike was called by Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena, the transport wing of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, following which other unions also joined in. Crowded places like the airport, railway stations, and colleges saw most of the impact of the strike on day two.
Drivers had earlier told the media that Ola and Uber are taking a commission of up to 27% of their earnings a day a number which tallies with with the companies. The Hon'ble Bombay High Court issued an injunction prohibiting unions, their leaders and anybody else from obstructing the activities of Uber driver partners. I was continuously checking both the apps Ola and Uber to get a cab quickly. They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh, and were expecting to make Rs 1. Drivers were making a fraction of what was promised to them when they partnered with the companies, he added.
According to reports, drivers in Uber and Ola make around Rs 25,000-30,000 every month, which is a far cry from what they were reportedly promised initially. We remain committed to serving the city, ensuring driver partners can continue to access stable earning opportunities, while giving riders a convenient option to get around their city. Over 45,000 cabs are attached to Ola and Uber in Mumbai alone. Similarly, these private cab operators entered the market to do business but now are exploiting our drivers. The call for strike was made after drivers claimed that they were given big assurances but they are even unable to cover their costs.
Drivers of some black and yellow cabs had a field day as they charged extra fare from hapless commuters. The drivers are facing a drop in their profits following cutbacks in incentive payments and a surge in the number of cabs registered with the two companies. As per our estimates, this city has nearly 5,000 Ola or Uber taxis. He claims to have support of other unions on the issue. I kept explaining to them that I had a Pune registration, but they were not ready to listen to me. The total number of taxis is estimated to be in excess of 25,000.
This article has been updated to include comments by Ola and Uber. While most cabs are off the road in Mumbai, users from cities like Delhi, Bengaluru and others have told Medianama that they are able to book cabs some users had to pay surge fares. In Pune, there are over 25,000 cabs attached with app-based aggregators. Highlights Ola driver Santaji Patil was slapped, stripped and beaten with belts for bringing a passenger to Mumbai from Pune. There are approximately 25,000 cabs attached with the app-based aggregators in the city.
After having to wait for about an hour, I finally decided to take a bus. We welcome your comments at. They have invested Rs 500,000 to Rs 700,000 and were expecting to make Rs 1,50,000 a month. For within the city, we have auto rickshaws, kaali peelis and cool cabs. Anti-social elements are trying to malign our campaign and we will continue to protest peacefully until our demands are met. Other unions of Ola and Uber are also in support of the strike, Naik said.
This, coupled with rising fuel prices, have left drivers worried. There were also allegations made against the way the two companies were dispatching drivers. They added that they want to companies to reduce the commission to 7% of their earnings instead. But, when I checked the mobile application to try my luck, I found quite a few cabs in the area. Ola has not issued a comment, and Uber said the call for the strike was speculative. We are not demanding that salaries match the promised Rs 1 lakh a month.