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Ola, Uber drivers skip work; morning rides go costlier

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Sep 19, 2017, 2:50 pm IST
Updated : Sep 19, 2017, 2:51 pm IST

Cab drivers are pressing for a few demands which they want to be heard and fulfilled as early as possible.

Ola and Uber are two big app based taxi aggregators.
 Ola and Uber are two big app based taxi aggregators.

Mumbai: A select group of drivers of as many as 45,000 Ola and Uber cabs in Mumbai on Tuesday skipped work and did not take out their taxis on Tuesday, causing a surge in peak hour ride prices, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.

The report adds officially it was not known whether these drivers were indeed striking their work or not, but, the cost of riding an Ola or an Uber cab during morning rush hour time had shot up. 

"For a ride from IC Colony Borivali to Dadar (West), the Uber app was showing Rs 649, Rs 855 and Rs 968 fare for UberPool, UberGo and UberX respectively at 8 am," the HT report said.

According to the report, the cab drivers are pressing for a few demands which they want to be heard and fulfilled as early as possible. They also seek an assured earning and security to their lives, particularly, in the aftermath of a number of assault incidents targeting them have come to the fore.

Sources told the HT drivers held a closed door meeting night before going to the strike ad circulated the outcome of the discussion through WhatsApp on the next morning. However, it may be noted that many drivers have distanced themselves from the decision and have stayed away from the strike, the report further says.

Tags: ola, uber, ola uber drivers, ola uber drivers strike work
Location: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay)