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Panel to engage warring online taxi companies, drivers | The Economic Times

Kumaraswamy, while in the Opposition, had extended support to Uber and Ola drivers protesting against declining earnings and incentives. Last year, the Janata Dal (Secular) leader helped launch a mobile app-based ride-hailing platform called Namma TYGR with driver-friendly terms but it failed to make a dent in the market.

“Both Ola and Uber lured drivers with a promise of good earnings but now the drivers are suffering. We have raised our grievances before the chief minister,” said Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber Drivers and Owners Association. “The cab aggregators are looting customers in the name of dynamic pricing and have scant respect for the government rules.”

Pasha, who participated in the Tuesday meeting, spearheaded the drivers’ protest last year and played a key role in the formation of Namma TYGR. More recently, he sought to contest in the just-concluded state election as a JD(S) member but was declined a ticket. “We want Karnataka to be free from Ola and Uber. If the state government does not support us, we will stand against the government,” he said.

S Hameed Akbar Ali, president of Karnataka Taxi Owners, Drivers and Operators Association, sought a rollback of the new four-category fare structure for taxis operating in Bengaluru. “There should be a single pricing system for all the cabs across the state. The competition should be based on services and not fare,” he said, adding that the new fare structure, introduced in January, was formed without taking drivers into consideration.

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