Taxi services in Delhi-NCR region may be affected on February 15 as the Centre of Indian Trade Union (Citu) and Ola, TaxiForSure, Uber Drivers and Owners Association plan to hold protests. The stir entered its fifth consecutive day today.
Citu members will collect in front of the transport department’s office and demand the officials to ensure Ola and Uber follow the rule—Rs 14.50 per km for non-air-conditioned cars and Rs Rs 19.50 per km for air-conditioned cars. At present, the app-based companies have fixed a minimum charge of Rs 6 per km.
It may be noted here that thousands of taxi drivers are on an indefinite strike in protest against “low fares” and “lack” of basic amenities by Ola and Uber.
The stir turned violent on late February 14 as some unidentified protesters set a cab afire near Green Valley in Indirapuram of Ghaziabad district.
Though several drivers were not in favour of the stir, some unidentified miscreants prevent them from plying their taxis, vandalised their vehicles and did not spare passengers, including women. Reports of such instances were reported from across the Capital.
It may be recalled the on February 13, the Delhi High Court, in its order, has checked anyone, including two taxi drivers’ unions, from interfering with the running of app-based cabs.
Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi (SDAD) clarified the stir will continue till their demands are met. The SDAD said it has 1.5 lakh of drivers in Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurugram and other cities on its rolls.
No taxi was available at times during evening peak hours on Ola’s app, while Uber’s app showed taxis on some routes. The two companies have been resorting to surge pricing during peak hours.
Meanwhile, a passenger said, it is high time that the Delhi government interfered in the matter. Autorickshaw drivers are taking the advantage of the taxi strike and fleecing commuters.
Earlier in the day, Balwant Singh, President of Rajdhani Tourist Drivers’ Union said, “The Delhi government met the representatives of Ola, Uber and taxi unions not taking part in the strike. Tomorrow (February 16) another meeting may be called to find a solution.”