In a new development, Uber claims that its drivers in Mumbai and Pune are being attacked by politically motivated groups. The company asserts that this group is assaulting drivers, damaging cars, and forcibly taking away company-owned equipment (smartphones). 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
These attacks have been continual, and have forced many Uber drivers to go off the roads and stay offline. The company further claims that there is pressure from this group, that Uber should enforce a rule that would allow the issuance of a Public Service Vehicle badge to only those applicants who have lived in the state of Maharashtra for more than 15 years and can read and write in Marathi. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
“The group s campaign is aimed at pressurising the government to pass laws that could have a damaging impact on the aggregator industry in Maharashtra, causing the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and earnings for drivers and reliable, safe and affordable transportation choices for the city,” the company said in its blog post.
These demands are highly unreasonable, as this rule would effectively get many drivers to lose their jobs. The company wants the government to create sector-specific regulations for aggregators that are progressive and benefit the community of riders, drivers and the city. There are hundreds of taxi drivers and auto drivers who have left their jobs and joined Uber in order to ensure better livelihood for their families. Uber urges that the government ensures that these drivers do not feel threatened.