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Ola, Uber drivers’ strike hits tricity commuters; waiting time, prices surge

Over 70% drivers of cab aggregators, Ola and Uber, had gone on strike on Wednesday in protest against cut in monetary benefits.

punjab Updated: May 24, 2018 12:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The tricity woke up to another cab-less morning on Thursday after drivers of Ola and Uber went on an indefinite strike against cut in their monetary benefits.

While some commuters were left in the lurch with no cab at their disposal, others, who got lucky with booking, complained of price surge up to two times the usual amount.

“Uber is looting gullible customers in Chandigarh today. Surge pricing is being done in the name of high demand, even though very few cars are on road due to strike by their drivers. How can it exploit customers like this (sic)?” said one Prachi Singh on Twitter.

Over 70% drivers of cab aggregators, Ola and Uber, had gone on strike on Wednesday in protest against their organisations cutting down on the monetary benefits.

One of the drivers, Vinay Sharma, said, “We are at the receiving end. If we are charging ₹100 from a passenger, 14% of it is given as a discount to the passenger and the company cuts ₹25 as commission. What are we left with?”

He added, “Of approximately 4,000 Uber and Ola cars, only 25% are functioning at present. The officials of Uber had to meet us today as the office was closed for the last two days. If they accept our demands, we shall start working from today (Thursday) afternoon.” “We have been demanding that the commission and discount given to passengers be reduced,” he said.

The strike is likely to continue on Thursday with no respite likely from the authorities.

The spokesperson of Uber, however, claimed that there was no strike. A message on the Uber app reads, “We may face disruptions in our operations. We are working hard to bring more cars on the road...”

On Wednesday, commuters were harried with no cabs available in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. A few, who managed to book one, complained of surge pricing. A resident complained that a ride from her residence in Sector 27 to the market in the same sector cost her ₹72 with an Ola cab.

To another passenger who took to social media on Wednesday, an Ola official said, “Apologies for inconveniences caused. The cabs are subjected to availability and this might have happened due to a high demand for cabs in your particular area. However,we are constantly working towards increasing our fleet size to cater to the needs.’

First Published: May 24, 2018 12:42 IST