After Uber, Ola Cabs has also temporarily halted its surge price in Delhi NCR. The move comes shortly after Uber announced temporarily halting its surge price in the city in the wake of the Delhi government warning against the taxi-hailing services during the odd-even days. Also Read - Ola Cabs to start services in London from February 10; detailsAlso Read - Ola self-drive car service 'Ola Drive' kicks off in Bengaluru; 3 more cities to follow soon
To make the government’s Odd Even initiative a success, Ola has temporarily pulled out Peak Pricing in Delhi NCR. We have also rolled out an on-ground campaign where volunteers are spreading the message of ride-sharing and car-pooling in support of the scheme, Deep Singh, Business Head North of Ola Cabs told BGR India. Also Read - Ola expands services in two new UK cities, taking total to nine cities
Ola says it is encouraging commuters to share rides and look for other alternatives such as Ola Share and Ola Shuttle during the odd-even days in the city. It has deployed volunteers across key traffic junctions, metro stations and other key locations in city for the same.
Minutes before Uber had announced temporarily shutting down its surge price in the city. The move came in the wake of strict warning by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who said that vehicles violating the directives will be impounded and that the permits would also be cancelled. The Delhi government has asked Ola/Uber cabs to not charge more than traditional taxis.
Given the threat of the Delhi government to cancel permits and impound vehicles of our driver partners, we are temporarily suspending surge in Delhi with immediate effect. We hope to work with the government to keep Delhi moving especially during this time when the citizens need us the most, Gagan Bhatia, General Manager, Uber North had told BGR India.
On the first Monday of odd-even scheme in Delhi, a lot of commuters had complained about the steep surge pricing causing huge inconvenience. Social networking sites were flooded with such posts showing how the taxing hailing services were unable to cope with the demand during the odd-even days.
The development comes after the traditional taxi and auto service providers called strike against the taxi hailing services. The auto rickshaw and taxi strike was called off later following assurance from the Delhi CM. On Sunday, the chief minister had promised had taking strong action against these taxi services. He also said in a tweet that the government had received complaints against Ola Cabs and Uber.
Strict action, incl permit cancellation n impounding vehicle, to be taken against taxis which charge rates more than govt prescribed rates
Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 18, 2016
Delhi is the second state after Karnataka to impose ban on surge pricing. The Karnataka government has already started taking actions such as seizing vehicles and imposing fines on the taxi hailing services violating the directives of the state government. This could also encourage other state governments to impose a similar ban on surge pricing by these taxi hailing services.