Ola, Uber drivers to go on indefinite strike from midnight

Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers but today they are unable to cover their costs claim the drivers | File

He claimed the companies were forcing drivers into debt through their policies, leading to banks repossessing vehicles when they defaulting on loans.

Pasha had organised such strikes earlier but opted out this time because "they didn't yield us any benefits", he said. While the way to protest here is debatable, the reason has remained same over time.

Ola and Uber users faced several problems amid the ongoing strike called by drivers working with the cab aggregators, on Monday.

Meanwhile, police has issued notices to leaders of the union under section 149 of CrPC relating to unlawful assembly.

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The MNVS is affiliated to Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

Other taxi unions such as Mumbai Taximen's Union have also joined the strike. Due to a slump in business, the number of such cabs has gone down by 20 per cent.

Live reports coming in from various parts of the nation-state that the response towards the strike is lukewarm on the initiation day.

The cab hailing companies have so far stayed away from interfering in the matter. Even though enterprises such as Ola and Uber have other vehicles to offer in their services such as autorickshaws or two-wheeler pillion rides, it was only the four-wheelers that went on a strike.

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An Uber spokesperson said, "We keep experimenting with our incentive structures, and the same might differ from city to city and can vary between one driver partner to another, based on the kind of incentive structures they opt for". The protest will require the drivers to not login into the application and accept bookings.

All the drivers have invested Rs 5-7 lakh and they think and expect to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month. "The companies have even reduced the rate per km to Rs 6".

Another concern among cab drivers is that cab aggregators give preference to cabs owned the company over driver-owned cabs. A direct loss of 50% of these driver's income, the same income required to pay the due on the vehicle they drive while paying for the family's expenses.

The protestors are claiming that the taxi-hailing companies are giving first priority to company-owned cars and not driver-owned vehicles, which is causing a slump in their business. "We won't leave our cab drivers to be victims, but Uber gets market share because it's well received by the citizens", customs and trade minister Bulent Tufenkci told reporters in Hatay province late on Wednesday, adding the ministry was analysing the sector to make a decision on how to proceed.

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