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Uber brings back surge pricing as odd-even ends, Kejriwal warns of strong action

Uber had introduced the provision during odd-even scheme, which was objected to by commuters and Kejriwal had asserted that such demand-linked hikes would be banned permanently.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 1, 2016 8:05 pm
AAP, AAP kejriwal Arvind Kejriwal, SYL, AAP punjab, punjab election, chandigarh news The Delhi government had cracked its whip on these companies on the first week of the second phase of odd-even after Kejriwal termed the concept as “daylight robbery”.

On a day the ban on diesel-run cabs came into effect, taxi aggregator Uber on Sunday brought back surge pricing in Delhi, prompting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to warn the operators of “strong action”.

Uber had introduced the provision during odd-even scheme, which was objected to by commuters and Kejriwal had asserted that such demand-linked hikes would be banned permanently.

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A day after the second phase of odd-even ended, commuters across the city, who availed the services of the app-based cab firm on Sunday, found that surge pricing, where fares are raised when demand is higher than the available cabs, was back.

When contacted, an Uber spokesperson confirmed the development saying that suspension of surge pricing was only a “temporary” measure.

Uber’s move came on a day a ban on diesel-run cabs came into effect in Delhi, affecting nearly 27,000 vehicles.

“Some taxis hv started charging surge. Surge not allowed under law. They r warned that strong action will be taken against them,” Kejriwal tweeted

A senior Delhi government official said that action will be taken against these companies based on complaints.

“We will impound their cabs,” the official said.

While an immediate confirmation could be obtained from Ola, another app-based service, its app displayed a message saying peak time charges may be applicable during high demand hours and will be conveyed during the booking which “enables us to make more cabs available to you”.

Ola displayed the disclaimer during the odd-even period as well although it did not invoke peak-pricing till on Saturday.

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The Delhi government had cracked its whip on these companies on the first week of the second phase of odd-even after Kejriwal termed the concept as “daylight robbery”.

The authorities had also impounded cabs for overpricing.

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    NArayan
    May 2, 2016 at 9:19 am
    boss...no one is forcing you to go with uber and ola. if somebody is forcing you, slap him hard. fyi, kejriwal is forcing you to go with uber and ola....
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      NArayan
      May 2, 2016 at 9:18 am
      uber and ola are private enies offering services. every person has the right to opt or not opt for it.lt;br/gt;if govt feels uber and ola are overcharging, they should tie up with uber and ola. they should subsidize uber and ola, with the money from advertising budget.
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      1. Joseph R Stephen
        May 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm
        UBER is a private enterprise and run by taxi drivers. There is no way any government can control how they price. What happens if there is no business in UBER will AK will feed this tax drivers ?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If people are willing to pay premium then let them pay and get the service.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;AAP can run a TAXI company at a flat rate and people can use that !!!!
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          kulaputra kulaputra
          May 1, 2016 at 7:31 pm
          Someone charges extra, pays taxes on that income and Government says it is illegal. What is legal is that you haggle with the driver on a one-on-one basis, no control over how much he charges during peak hours. Well done AAP. Thanks for getting good taxis off the roads. Real innovation.
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            Manohar Lal
            May 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm
            Kanjriwal always looks for an issue to be in news.
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