Delhi HC orders Uber, Ola to hold talks with taxi union to resolve issues peacefully

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New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2017 4:14:54 PM

Delhi High Court directs authorised signatory from Ola and Uber to hold a meeting with Sarvodaya Driver union to peacefully resolve issues.

During the hearing, both companies said that even after the court's order few days back on restraining two driver unions on interfering with their services , there had been incidents of violence.During the hearing, both companies said that even after the court’s order few days back on restraining two driver unions on interfering with their services, there had been incidents of violence.

Delhi High Court directs authorised signatory from Ola and Uber to hold a meeting with Sarvodaya Driver union to peacefully resolve issues. During the hearing, both companies said that even after the court’s order few days back on restraining two driver unions on interfering with their services , there had been incidents of violence. The two unions however, denied responsibilities for such incidents.

In the meantime, local taxis and black and yellow prepaid cabs, are benefiting from the situation. During morning and evening peak hours, cabs were not available at times on both Uber and Ola apps and the routes where taxis were available, companies were resorting to surge pricing. So those who have a flight or train to catch are relying on local cab companies. A few have opted for government-registered metered radio taxi services such as Easy, Meru and Mega, according to ‘The Indian Express’ report.

Unfortunately, talks between the Delhi government and striking drivers of Ola and Uber had failed to break the deadlock even as the city administration warned of strict action against any violence. Commuters had to pay astronomical fares as the strike called by Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi (SDAD) entered its seventh day. A section of drivers of the union may disrupt traffic movement in some parts of the city today after their two leaders, who were on the hunger strike at Jantar Mantar since Friday, were admitted to RML Hospital in view of their deteriorating condition.

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“Airport authorities have been pressurising us to increase the number of vehicles deployed but we have a limited number of cabs, around 550, which take time to return after dropping passengers across the NCR. So there is this wait time of 10-15 minutes when flights land and passengers queue up,” a Meru Cab representative at the airport told Indian Express.

(With inputs from PTI)

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