Drivers for two of the largest ride-hailing services, Ola Cabs and Uber are planning to organize an agitation on October 22. The cab drivers, also known as driver-partners went on a strike on October 9 causing some inconvenience to users who were trying to book cabs on the services. The reason for the strike and upcoming agitation is because of demands for higher fares in addition to additional safety measures. Drivers are also demanding for KYC (Know Your Customer) verification for customers who want to use the services to book cabs.
According to a report by India Today, the drivers claimed that “a lot of” passengers have attacked them or even robbed them. There are instances when the customers are “drunk and abuse” the drivers. The report added a statement by a driver working with these cab aggregator services which stated that why should only drivers be the subject to checks. The driver in question added that customers should also be checked so that their identities are verified the companies. This move will be part of increased safety measures for the drivers.
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Looking closely, the drivers are demanding to increase the fare to Rs 16 per km. In addition to that, the report stated that the drivers are also demanding for the companies to remove the speed governors that have been installed in their vehicles. The companies should also remove the daily 200 km limit for the drivers.
The report added that other demands include a refund to drivers who have been penalized because of the daily 200 km limit and reinstating the drivers that have been removed from their jobs. The list of demands also includes a change in policy where Uber or Ola Cabs should take its commission from the passenger instead of the driver while reducing the amount of daily installments for the cars. Drivers demand that the companies should not take the cars back from them until the agreement is over.
Last but not least, the driver-partners are also demanding for insurance along with ESI/ health cards. The report included a statement by Uber where the company clarified that only a “very few drivers” took part in the strike and there was no impact on the functioning of the service.