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    Uber, Ola strike hits Delhi and Mumbai riders

    ET Bureau

    Story outline

    • Ola and Uber drivers participated in a strike protesting falling income and incentives.
    • Incentives for drivers have dropped to 15% of the gross booking value, from about 24% last year and 60% in 2016.
    • The strike is set to continue indefinitely in Mumbai.
    • Uber and Ola drivers were willing to ply on Monday, some were stopped by union members.
    BENGALURU: Cab aggregators Ola and Uber saw disruption in their services in Delhi and Mumbai and some other cities on Monday, as drivers participated in a strike protesting falling income and incentives. Between 50-80% of cabs in the two cities remained off the roads on Monday, with the strike set to continue indefinitely in Mumbai, as per the associations involved.

    “An Ola or Uber driver is now earning only Rs 4.30 per km compared with Rs 15-20 per km a few years ago. Driver incentives have also fallen by 80% since 2016,” said Anand Kunte, advisor to the Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh, which called for an indefinite strike by Uber and Ola drivers in Maharashtra. According to RedSeer, incentives for drivers have dropped to 15% of the gross booking value, from about 24% last year and 60% in 2016.

    “We regret the disruption caused to our rider and driver-partner community due to a small group of individuals. We remain committed to serving the city and ensuring that our driver partners continue to access a stable income, while giving riders a convenient, reliable option to get around their city,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.

    Ola did not respond to queries. According to some industry members, while several Uber and Ola drivers were willing to ply on Monday, some were stopped by union members.
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    3 Comments on this Story

    bd820 days ago
    Too huge population in India to enjoy a easy car ride everyday. Decrease population by one family one child policy and everything will become good as time goes on.
    Imrose Medhora824 days ago
    Its such a good thing to get these ola ubers on road . they are a boon for our travelling and a tight slap on these local taxi people for they harass commuters so much.
    824 days ago
    Under, Ola partners and drivers lose not because of the charges and the file prices but because of the dirty road and slow traffic situation. Mumbai is only 36 km across, but it takes 3 hours to get across during peak hours. The cab owners fear to address this situation because it will be directly blaming the civic administration and the traffic control authorities. The solution followed in some countries can work in India also. If the traffic speed is less than 20-30 km, then the fare should be based on time. Let the citizens share the burden and force their representatives to do the needful. If the speed is above 30 km, the customer can be charged per kilometer.
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