BENGALURU: Following the ongoing conflict between various driver's associations and cab aggregators Ola and Uber, transport commissioner K Aiyappa conducted a meeting with representatives of both parties, on Monday. The commissioner set a period of seven days to resolve issues, and instructed aggregators to stop leasing out vehicles and imposing penalties on drivers for trip cancellations.
Transport Commissioner K Aiyappa said, “We have asked the aggregators to resolve the issues and follow instructions issued by us, by next week. We had a detailed discussion pertaining to all the problems. We have asked them to stop leasing out vehicles as it is unfair to other operators. As for the penalty, it should continue for serious matters like misbehavior but not for cancellations. Meanwhile, we will be fixing a minimum fare that the aggregators have to follow. However, we have nothing to say in the incentive schemes, as it is left to the aggregators how they want to formulate them,” he said.
On the other hand, Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola and Uber Drivers' and Owners' union said, “Once again the transport commissioner have given some time to them. We told them that we do not want the incentive scheme at all. Give us the fare and reduce the commission rates charged. We will see what happens in the next seven days. We do have a backup plan. If things do not go as we expect, we will come up with our own application for cab drivers.”
Apart from increasing incentives, the drivers have been demanding that the aggregators hike airport fare and provide toll charges.