Bengaluru cab drivers likely to get back to work on Tuesday

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BENGALURU: Commuters can finally look forward to having more cabs on the roads from Tuesday with the strike by Ola and Uber drivers likely to be resolved soon.

Drivers, who have been protesting against cab aggregators for the past six days, are now under pressure after the High Court’s order to police to ensure safety of plying Uber drivers.

However, Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber (OTU) Drivers’ and Owners’ Union, said they are continuing the indefinite strike as neither the government nor cab aggregators have approached them to resolve the issues.

Sources said several drivers in the taxi unions expressed their unhappiness over continuing the indefinite strike. “I was participating in the strike for the last one week but protests have not yielded any results so far. I have several financial commitments including EMI, school fees of my children and house rent,” an Uber driver said. He has decided to operate from Tuesday.

Commuters have been complaining about the increased waiting time and three- to four-fold increase in fare because of fewer cabs due to the strike. “Most autorickshaws refuse to ply on meters and BMTC buses are unreliable. App-based cabs were affordable and comfortable. I am waiting for the drivers to end this strike,” said Shahana K, a resident of Shanthinagar.

App-based aggregators said the situation should normalise in a few days. In a statement, Uber said, “The High Court has issued an injunction restraining unions, their leaders, members and their followers from preventing Uber driver partners from driving… We have been listening to our driver partners all along and are committed to helping them to resume serving riders. In the event of incidents of intimidation or disruption, we urge riders and drivers to dial 100.”

Demands of drivers included increasing incentives, hiking airport fare, providing toll charges, stopping harassment of drivers, taking decisions after consulting them, scrapping ride sharing and ending daily, monthly targets.