Ola, Uber strike: Surge pricing returns, passengers pay extra for app-based cab rides | Hindustan Times
Ola and Uber drivers have pulled their cabs off the roads in Delhi-NCR demanding that their companies reinstate bonuses that they had doled out in the initial days, reduce their hiked commission rates, limit the number of cabs registered on the app and shorten working hours, among other issues.
With the agitators having threatened to step up their protests, commuters are likely to face a harrowing time on Monday and should be prepared to wait longer and pay more for their cabs.
Protesters allege that the number of cab drivers on strike had been increasing, and the demands of a workday will add more pressure. Some drivers have also stopped operating after reports of assault and harassment of drivers surfaced.
The question of surge pricing has been on the minds of policy makers in recent times. A Delhi High court appointed committee, headed by the secretary of ministry of road transport and highways had recommended “range bound dynamic pricing” to be allowed to effectively match demand and supply, in December last year. It had said that the maximum tariff may be permitted up to three times the minimum tariff.
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