After Uber was forced to shut shop in India in the wake of the rape of a woman by one its hired drivers, a large group of dedicated drivers associated with Uber, also found themselves jobless. ET reports on how drivers, who earned a beyond average sum per month, were now left stranded and helpless. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelinesAlso Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
The report talks about a 26-year-old Damodar Chauhan who earned Rs 90,000 per month from driving for Uber, in comparison to his measly Rs 5,000 that he earned previously. In four months of his Uber job, he was able to buy another car, for which he engaged his friend to drive. Now, both his cars are in the showroom waiting. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
Just like Chauhan, there are thousands of drivers who, with the advent of such taxi aggregators, were given a chance to get out from the clutches of poverty. Now, hundreds of Uber taxi drivers are considering going back to their low-paying jobs. Some of these drivers had also taken loan from the bank to buy a car for their new driving business, and were paying as much as Rs 20,000 in EMI. These drivers also came together yesterday in Delhi, and staged protest against the ban asserting that their livelihood was getting affected.
Another ET report claims that Uber is offering compensation to its beleaguered drivers. “We got a message saying we will get the ‘ausat rakam (average sum) of whatever we earned in last four weeks. It is a welcome move. This will at least help us plan for next month,” said Sandeep Bishnoi, a driver who used to earn about Rs 40,000 a month.
This will surely help as buffer amount, for the drivers to plan their next move. Experts also think that it’s only a matter of time, before all these drivers are lapped up by other competitors in the market, like Ola and Taxi4Sure.