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Drivers’ union plans to launch cab services next month    

Some members of cab aggregators  Ola and Uber, who have formed a drivers’ union, plan to launch its services next month with the help of Kolkata-based  technology startup which owns TYGR app.

business Updated: Jul 16, 2017 11:43 IST
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An Uber driver uses the app to navigate the often congested streets of Bangalore.(NYT)

Some members of cab aggregators Ola and Uber, who have formed a drivers’ union, plan to launchits services next month with the help of Kolkata-based technology startup which owns TYGR app.

“We plan to launch our cab services in the month of August with the help of Savetur Digital Private Limited, which owns TYGR app,” former Uber, TaxiForSure and Ola Drivers And Owners Association President Tanveer Pasha told PTI here.

“We want to give a local name to the app. Something like “Namma TYGR” or “Namma Huli”, are some of the names weare planning on,” he added.

In the next three days, union members and Savetur officials are scheduled to meet at the residence of former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to finalise the deal, including the launching date and signing of documents, Pasha said.

He said Savetur would run and manage the business according to a model drafted by drivers’ union, which would satisfy both drivers and riders.

However, the union will control and supervise Savetur through their company, which is in the process of registering its name as Huli Technologies.

It plans to expand to Mysuru,Mangaluru and Belagavi after the Bengaluru launch, Pasha said.

The company will focus on driver benefits, including a10% commission charged for drivers, besides insuranceand family benefits, among other incentives, he said.

The company plans to raise Rs 12 crore to run andsustain business at the initial stages and many investors haveshown keen interest to pick stake in the company, Pasha said.

He said the company aims to give Rs five lakh worth of lifeinsurance, Rs five lakh accident insurance and Rs two lakh medicalinsurance to the drivers annually.

The company plans to have three to four car categories that will show up on the “Namma TYGR” app, the name of which could be changed,which includes a mini, hatchback option atRs 12.50 per km, a Rs 14.5 per km, a sports sedan option at utility vehicle option at Rs 18.50 per km and an outstation cab option, Pasha said.

The company also plans to set up five private patrol security cars to attend to drivers’ problems of facing drunk riders travelling late at night.

“The private patrol car will help drivers duringmedical and legal emergencies,” he added.

The idea originated when the drivers had gone on strike in February against cab aggregators, demanding better incentives and stopping attachment of new cabs which they saidaffects bookings.

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 15:57 IST