Following the example of their brothers in Delhi, nearly 40,000 Ola Uber drivers have decided to hold a day-long protest in Mumbai and stay off the roads. The reason being the same as Delhi- The companies ignoring their demands and the business no longer being lucrative.
The protest has been called by the Action Committee of Maharashtra, reports the Mid-Day. The ACM claimed that the city has over 70,000 drivers driving around 30,000 cabs for such companies across Mumbai, in various shifts.
The ACM said that during the period of the protests, some members of the association would go on a one-day hunger strike at the Azad Maidan, while the others will move in numbers to the Ola office in Chakala, Andheri East and Uber’s office in Kurla Phoenix Market City. The ACM added that the companies have been taxing them with Rs 500 for every trip cancelled, even if it was done by the rider.
Earlier in Delhi, these strikes went on for a whole week, as 95% of such cabs remained off the streets of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). This meant that the business of these two taxi services to drop down by 90%.
The drivers have been complaining about the unfair pricing and bad working conditions, and that has opened up some innate problems in how Uber and Ola function. The drivers have been protesting against the lowering of their incentives and commissions for driving the cabs.
Uber cabs, on the other hand, could be booked but it involved a lot of hassle for the commuters. To begin with, most cabs had a waiting time of about 10-15 minutes. Now, if you are someone with a day job, it does create a lot of trouble as the cab arrives later than the scheduled time. To add on top of the bad time sense, Uber shows surge prices in the range of 2-3x as the availability of these cabs are scarce.
On any other day, a UberGo from Noida Sector 62-Sector 10 costs at around Rs 130-140. But on the days of the strike, the price has gone up to RS 250 and above, even more at times. At times, drivers of the cab who have been booked cancel the trip citing difficult or busy routes.