Ola, Uber to be off roads today

Taxi drivers want Uber to shutdown

Thousands of commuters will face a major inconvenience due to the nationwide indefinite strike starting from Monday.

Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena has called the strike claiming that several drivers are not being able to cover costs due to falling business. They will protest along with their families outside the offices of Uber and Ola, Naik told DNA earlier.

"Soon, we are planning to meet Transport Minister P. Mahender Reddy, top officials of the Transport department and cab aggregators to submit a representation of our demands", said Satti Reddy, general secretary, Telangana Cab Owners Association.

The Mumbai based Navnirman Vahatuk Sena has called for an indefinite strike from Sunday midnight against Uber and Ola. "If he does not listen, we may handle the issue MNS-style", he stated in media reports.

Other unions of Ola and Uber are also in support of the strike, Naik said.

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Needless to say, their protest will affect the day-to-day business of big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata, but it will also hit smaller cities to a great extent.

Vikram, an Ola Auto driver from Bengaluru told YourStory that he is losing out on an equal amount of incentives compared to that of petrol and diesel vehicles because he uses LPG as fuel. 149 of CrPC (for unlawful assembly) against the Union leaders - Sanjay Naik, president, Arif Shaikh and Nitin Nandgaonkar of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena as a precautionary measure. "If they violate any orders, they are liable to be prosecuted", Pandit Thorat, senior inspector of the Andheri police station was quoted by PTI.

"The cab drivers have purchased vehicles costing around Rs 5 to Rs 7 lakh and were promised earnings of more than Rs 1 lakh".

Drivers who own their cabs are also protesting against the discriminatory practice by Ola and Uber for giving first preference to company-owned cabs over driver-owned taxis.

There are over 45,000 such cabs in Mumbai alone, out of which almost 20 percent have stopped plying due to a slump in business. The accused companiesiskeeping a distance from the matter said that they have been assured by the Mumbai Police regarding the safety of the commuters during the cab rides in the city.

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