In a much needed relief to cab-users in Delhi NCR, Ola and Uber drivers have withdrawn the protest. The Uber and Ola apps have once again flourished with cabs, killing the week-long dearth of rides in the national capital. 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
However, the withdrawal of the protest could be temporary as the President of Ola, TaxiForSure, Uber (OTU) Drivers and Owners Association Tanveer Pasha told ET that cab aggregators have promised to look into their grievances on Tuesday or Wednesday next, and that they will decide the next plan of action once that meeting is held. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
Recently, the protest took a violent turn, where some drivers sitting on protest consumed poison, and have since been in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Yesterday, even Delhi High Court directed Delhi Police to immediately ensure safety to app-based taxi service providers Ola and Uber, observing that recently there was violent protest by agitating taxi drivers in the national capital. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw directed Delhi Traffic Police to ensure that drivers or owners who want to ply and have contract with Ola and Uber are not stopped or blocked. ALSO READ: A first-person account of the Ola, Uber drive protest
The court also directed police to ensure that incidents like damaging of vehicles do not happen. The court was hearing a plea by app-based taxi service providers against the strike called by taxi drivers unions, Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi (SDAD) and Rajdhani Tourist Drivers Union. The court also criticized the violent protest by app-based taxi drivers and said the two drivers unions cannot demand anything from plaintiffs except by peaceful commercial negotiations.
About a month ago, drivers working with the cab-hailing services, Ola and Uber, had put forth some demands for their companies, saying that in a situation where there demands aren t met, the union of over 40,000 to 50,000 drivers will go on a strike on February 10, which they did, and the strike went on for a week. Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi, which claims to have 2,000 members working for either Uber or Ola, called for the strike.
The general idea behind the strike was to demand for better perks, relaxed hours for targets, accident insurance, and a negotiation on the Rs 6 per kilometer fare, which is the minimum the two companies charge customers.
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