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Section of Ola, Uber drivers stay off roads in Mumbai, plan your commute better

Though there is no official word on this, prices surged more than usual during the morning peak hours as there was a clear shortage of cabs.

mumbai Updated: Sep 19, 2017 12:23 IST
Kailash Korde
Both Ola and Uber have not issued any communication.
Both Ola and Uber have not issued any communication.(HT File)

A section of drivers of the 45,000 Ola and Uber cabs in Mumbai have gone off the road from Tuesday morning pushing up fares of the cab aggregators.

Though there is no official word on this, prices surged more than usual during the morning peak hours as there was a clear shortage of cabs. For instance, for a ride from IC Colony Borivali to Dadar (West), the Uber app was showing Rs649, Rs855 and Rs968 fare for UberPool, UberGo and UberX respectively at 8am.

The drivers are demanding assured earning and security in the wake of a few incidents of assault on drivers. Even last week they had held an silent protest march from the Uber office in Kurla to the Ola office in Andheri (East).

According to sources, some drivers decided to go on strike in a closed-door meeting late on Monday night and communicated the decision to others through Whatsapp groups. Many drivers are, however, unlikely to participate in the strike.

Both Ola and Uber have not issued any communication.

According to sources, the drivers might announce an official strike later this week as many of them are going under the banner of a well known mill workers’ union.