Ola ,Uber drivers call off their protests

Marco Green
March 12, 2017

They had to either pay double the fares due to surge pricing or depend on autorickshaws and kaali-peeli taxis. On Friday, most drivers were off roads due to fear of being attacked by protesters and as a result, commuters faced inconvenience due to unavailability of the cabs in several areas.

Meanwhile, in Andheri, five cases were registered against protestors for snatching mobile phones and forcibly removing customers from the plying cabs.

Cab aggregators called off their strike but threatened to continue agitation if demands are not met.

Close to 15,000 drivers of Ola and Uber have made a decision to go on a strike in Mumbai on March 10 to vent their ire against the companies' polices, affecting passengers who depend on app based cab services for their daily commute.

They have submitted their list of demands to Uber and Ola management and given an ultimatum of March 14 when they will sit on dharna again if the demands are not fulfilled.

Instead of ferrying passengers, Ola drivers, protesting under the banner - Action Committee of Maharashtra, assembled at Ola office in Andheri to hold peaceful protests. A Uber spokesperson said, "We regret the disruption caused to our rider and driver community by a small group of individuals". Ashok Dudhe, PRO for the Mumbai police department, said, "We were committed to ensure a safe, non-violent environment". Around 1,000 cab driver was of the road out of 30,000 cab drivers to press their various demands, and they protested outside the office of private cab, but shockingly office bearer of private company told them they did not recognized their union. Those who were able to find a cab in the aggregator mobile apps, met with huge fares.

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