Aggregator cab drivers are planning to strike work in the city from 9 am on Friday morning.
This means that those of us used to hailing an Ola or an Uber taxi at the flick of a finger will not be able to do so. At least until the taxi drivers withdraw their indefinite agitation. The drivers say they are protesting against arbitrary rules imposed by companies like Uber and Ola, surge pricing and losses suffered by the taxi drivers.
K K Mishra, one of the aggregator cab drivers in the city, told Mumbai Live that the drivers will switch off the app at 9 am on Friday. According to the drivers, many have taken on loans for their vehicles thinking they would make profits on the venture. However, the companies have not delivered on their promises resulting in losses to the vehicle owners, they say. Penalties charged by the companies under various guises cutting into their profits, they say. Their complaints are not being heeded, forcing them to resort to an indefinite agitation, they claim.
Over 3000 aggregator cabs and their owners will congregate at Chakala on Friday morning and protest against the aggregator companies before launching the agitation, Mishra said.