Ola, Uber drivers likely to go on strike from September 1

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Ola Uber drivers strike
Ola Uber drivers strike

New Delhi : The drivers working for app-based cab aggregators like Ola and Uber in Delhi have said that they may go on strike from September 1 if their demands are not fulfilled.

They are demanding an extension to pay the EMIs of their vehicles, a hike in the per km fare, reduction in commission charged by the companies operating the services and e-challans’ rollback.

With lockdown guidelines in place and fewer buses on road, the strike will hamper the commute of people in Delhi and NCR region.

Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi, a union of Ola-Uber drivers, which claimed to have around 200,000 cabs attached to them across the NCR, on Thursday said they will go on strike from September 1 unless their demands are met.

The association claimed that most of the drivers are those who have taken loans to purchase their vehicle and have to pay EMIs up to Rs 15,000 per month.

“After the lockdown, our condition had deteriorated. The number of clients has come down to just 10%, as most people are still working from home. The drivers are struggling to make ends meet. We have sent letters to the Prime Minister, the union finance and transport ministers to urge banks to extend the relaxation on paying EMIs till December 31 this year,” said Kamaljeet Gill, president, Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi.