Ola, Uber drivers threaten to go on strike from Sept 1


New Delhi, August 27

Drivers working with mobility platforms Ola and Uber have threatened to go on strike in Delhi-NCR from September 1 in help of their numerous calls for like fare hike and extension of the moratorium on reimbursement of loans.

Around two lakh drivers working with cab aggregators would participate within the strike if the federal government fails to unravel our issues, stated Kamaljeet Singh Gill, president of Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi.

The cab drivers have demanded extension of the moratorium on mortgage funds to December 31, fare hike, improve in fee by cab aggregators and withdrawal of e-challans issued towards their autos for rushing, in accordance with a pamphlet circulated by the drivers.

The strike by drivers of cab aggregators could trigger hardships to numerous commuters as Metro prepare providers are but to renew and buses are working at lowered capability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

No response was instantly out there from Ola or Uber.

“Our immediate fear is that most cabs have loans against them. The Central Government’s moratorium on EMI payment will end on August 31 and banks will start seizing vehicles for EMI payment defaults after that,” Gill stated.

He stated cab drivers have been hit laborious by the pandemic and the lockdown.

“Most of the drivers are finding it difficult to feed their families at this time and have no means to fulfil their financial obligations. Unless government helps us, there is no way we can work without fear of losing our vehicles,” Gill stated.

There are “huge” monetary liabilities on drivers. Besides the EMI, many drivers even have giant quantities of penalties to pay resulting from e-challans for rushing, he stated.

The drivers have additionally demanded that cab aggregators elevate their fare and fee and share taxes paid by them whereas travelling between Delhi and National Capital (Region) locations particularly Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon.

The highway tax cost rest also needs to be prolonged until December 31, Gill added.

Gill stated a number of letters had been written by the associations to the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Road Transport Minister searching for assist however motion was but to be taken.

In such a state of affairs there isn’t a possibility earlier than the drivers however to cease work from September 1, he stated. PTI



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