The drivers of the two cab aggregators in India, Ola and Uber Wednesday started a 36 hour strike in Guwahati. The move has come in the wake of companies acquiring more cars, leading to shrinking incentives for the current drivers. Because of the strike, around 12,000 cabs could go off the road. This is the second such incident where drivers have caused a disruption of services.
Elsewhere too the aggregators are facing problems Uber had written to Maharashtra government for the revision of the proposed City Taxi Scheme. In the revision of the proposed scheme, Maharashtra government seeks to set maximum and minimum fares for app based taxi aggregagators which would depend upon the type and the capacity of the vehicles. The scheme also suggests that half of the vehicles on the ride sharing platforms must be over 1400cc.
Ola and Uber are involved in a price war with each other and are coming up with new updates and features in their quest of being better than the other. Ola recently launched an entertainment feature for its users and uber too, recently updated its app with better GPS system. In addition to this it had also launched the feature of paying through cash especially for its Indian consumer base. Ola cab service was extended to Guwahati only last month, along with four other cities including Bhubaneshwar, Kochi, Coimbatore & Ludhiana. The 36 hour strike by Ola and Uber drivers in Guwahati would cause much damage to the company and would also hamper their reputation.