Drivers working with mobility platforms Ola and Uber have threatened to go on strike in Delhi-NCR from September 1 in help of their varied calls for like fare hike and extension of the moratorium on compensation of loans.
Round 2 lakh drivers working with cab aggregators will participate within the strike if the federal government fails to unravel our issues, mentioned Kamaljeet Singh Gill, president of Sarvodaya Drivers Affiliation 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 dashing, in response to a pamphlet circulated by the drivers.
The strike by drivers of cab aggregators could trigger hardships to numerous commuters as Metro practice companies are but to renew and buses are working at decreased capability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
No response was instantly out there from Ola or Uber.
“Our fast concern is that almost all cabs have loans towards them. The central authorities”s moratorium on EMI fee will finish on August 31 and banks will begin seizing autos for EMI fee defaults after that,” Gill mentioned.
He mentioned cab drivers have been hit exhausting by the pandemic and the lockdown.
“Many of the drivers are discovering it troublesome to feed their households presently and haven’t any means to fulfil their monetary obligations. Until authorities helps us, there is no such thing as a method we are able to work with out concern of shedding our autos,” Gill mentioned.
There are “large” monetary liabilities on drivers. Moreover the EMI, many drivers even have giant quantities of penalties to pay as a consequence of e-challans for dashing, he mentioned.
The drivers have additionally demanded that cab aggregators increase their fare and fee and share taxes paid by them whereas travelling between Delhi and Nationwide Capital (Area) locations like Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon. The highway tax fee rest must also be prolonged until December 31, he added.
Gill mentioned a number of letters have been written by the associations to the prime minister, finance minister and highway transport minister in search of assist however motion is but to be taken. In such a state of affairs there is no such thing as a choice earlier than the drivers however to cease work from September 1, he mentioned.