Cabs may stay off city roads for some more days

Cab users in the city are having a hard time as the indefinite strike called by drivers of cab aggregators, Uber and Ola, entered the fourth day on Saturday.

Published: 25th February 2017 01:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2017 03:14 AM   |  A+A-

Protesting taxi drivers stop a cab demanding that the driver join their ongoing stir on Friday | JITHENDAR M

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Cab users in the city are having a hard time as the indefinite strike called by drivers of cab aggregators, Uber and Ola, entered the fourth day on Saturday.
With the protesting drivers refusing to budge from their stand, the strike is likely to continue for another few days. Tanveer Pasha, a member of Ola and Uber’s drivers union, claimed that more than 90 per cent of the cabs remained off the road.

“We have decided to continue the strike as nobody has come forward to resolve the issues. Both government and app-based cab aggregators are turning a blind eye to our problems,” he added.
The drivers have been protesting against reduced incentives, long working hours and imposition of fines.
However, the state government and app-based aggregators are unlikely to interfere in the issue as they have decided to wait and watch till the strike loses steam.

Transport Minister R Ramalinga Reddy told Express, “The strike is an internal issue of a section of drivers and two app-based cab aggregators. The government doesn’t have any role in this, yet the transport department held discussions with the cab aggregators and drivers on five occasions but there has been no progress.”
He said many cab operators, including Meru, Mega and Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), are plying in the city.
Asked about several instances of plying cabs being stopped by protesters, Reddy said: “The government will take strict action based on complaints.”

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