Ola Cabs, Uber drivers’ strike LIVE updates: Users of Ola and Uber cabs in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune are facing tough times today. Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has called for a strike of Uber and Ola’s drivers which has started from midnight. Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena (MNVS), which is the transport wing of MNS, has organised the strike. The MNVS has alleged that that drivers of the cab aggregators have been suffering due to falling business.
MNVS leader Sanjay Naik claimed that Ola and Uber drivers have invested Rs 5-7 lakh and they were assured by the companies. While they were expecting to earn Rs1.5 lakh per month. However, deivers have been failing make half of that estimation, Naik said. Mumbai Taximen’s Union has also backed Ola and Uber drivers’ strike. Take a stringent move to check any untoward incident, Police has already issued notices under section 149 of CrPC to leaders.
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4:23 PM: The strike has been organised by the Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena.
4:00 PM: On one hand, where Ola has declined to comment on the strike, Uber spokesperson termed the strike call as speculative, according to Indian Express report.
3:53 PM: It has been learnt that cab prices soared due to this indefinite strike. The drivers are reportedly agitated over non-payment of assured income. They had also alleged to have incurred heavy losses due to a shortage of funds.
3:40 PM: Protesting Ola and Uber drivers have got support from the Mumbai Taximen’s Union. General Secretary of the Mumbai Taximen’s Union A.L. Quadros has also demanded that the Regional Transport Authority take strict action against Ola and Uber for violating permit conditions and eating into the business of autorickshaws and taxis.
3:30 PM: MNVS, which has organised the strike, has made an appeal to the commuters in Mumbai to make alternative arrangements. The leaders of MNVS also sought “support the fight for justice” by the thousands of Ola and Uber drivers.
3:00 PM: The protesters claim that drivers are on the verge of starvation as Ola and Uber emphasized their own vehicles rather than the driver-owned cars.
2:57 PM: Ola and Uber have so far not released any statement on the issue. People who are out there to catch flights or board long distance trains are affected by this strike.
2:54 PM: Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena President Sanjay Naik drivers of Ola and Uber had also joined the protest in Aurangabad, Nashik, Pune and other cities in Maharashtra
1:50 PM: WATCH– Violent protest during Ola Uber strike in Mumbai
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1:45 PM: Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena chief Sanjay Naik has said that they expect cab aggregators Ola and Uber look into the matter. He said that both the companies can sit with the government to discuss how they can come at par with the black and yellow taxis, and other public modes of transport.
1:40 PM: Naik asserted that they were waiting for the outcome. He said if there is no meeting or resolution, then they will decide their next course of action
11:00 AM: Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena chief Sanjay Naik has demanded that la and Uber taxis agree to the laws by which the yellow-black taxis are run. Naik alleged that these two companies were doing business unlawfully
8:35 AM: Ola and Uber have not interfared into the matter. The cities likely to be affected by the strike are Hyderabad, Pune, New Delhi and Bengaluru.
8:30 AM: “We have been informed by the Mumbai Police that they have proactively taken all the necessary steps to ensure safety of commuters during the cab rides in the city,” an Ola spokesperson said.
7:45 AM: It has been learnt that there are over 45,000 cabs in Mumbai alone. However, there has been a drop of about 20 per cent in numbers in business.
7:40 AM: Police has said that notices of section 149 of CrPC have been issued to Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena leaders Arif Shaikh, Nitin Nandgaokar and Sanjay Naik