Alleging non-payment of “incentives” and other expenses such as toll taxes incurred during rides by cab aggregators Ola and Uber, drivers staged protests against the two companies across Delhi and NCR Monday.
“We got together to condemn the way the companies have stopped paying us our incentives. Instead, they have begun charging commissions as high as 35 per cent, something they said they will never levy when we attached our cars to Ola and Uber,” said Sukhvinder Singh, secretary of the Delhi NCR Radio Taxi Drivers Union who operates 25 cars through Ola and Uber.
Three other unions — Rajdhani Tourist Driver Union, Delhi Commercial Driver Union and Delhi NCR Drivers’ Association — held a joint protest with the Delhi NCR Radio Taxi Drivers Union at Jantar Mantar Monday evening. Protests were also held near Hari Nagar bus depot, Dwarka sectors 11, 21, 23 and 73, Sarita Vihar traffic signal and Leela Hotel.
Protests were held at several parts of Gurgaon, including Huda City Centre, Galleria Market, and Artemis Hospital.
Drivers stopped radio cabs and forcing passengers to de-board.“We are only telling drivers about the situation, after that they can decide whether to join us or not. The real focus is on passengers. It is only when the passenger is inconvenienced that the company will take our demands seriously. The passenger will complain and then they will have to pay attention,” said Monty, an Ola driver.
Due to the protest, commuters in Gurgaon faced a harrowing time. While several drivers refused rides to certain areas, where they knew protesters had set up check points, others refused to ply at all, fearing repercussions from their coworkers. Ola and Uber refused to comment on the protests.