The state government has told the drivers' union officials that it will look into the issue in another 15 days, the sources told FE.
Taking their grievances to the doorsteps of the Tamil Nadu government, the union representatives of agitating drivers belonging to cab aggregators Ola and Uber in Chennai on Wednesday met joint commissioner in the state transport department and submitted their charter of demands including fixing of standard meter cost for the cabs running under the online aggregators.
The state government has told the drivers’ union officials that it will look into the issue in another 15 days, the sources told FE. The drivers who had been on the protest since Monday marched towards the transport commissionerate, but were stopped by the police.
However, the representatives of the drivers were allowed to meet joint commissioner. A CITU leader, Anbazhagan, who led the drivers, said that their demands were conveyed to the government official and the government has promised to look into the issue in another 15 days.
Both Uber and Ola were not immediately available for comments on the development.
The drivers’ demands include fixing of standard meter cost for the trips, with R100 as tariff for the first four kilometers and R17 for every one kilometer after that, for the five-seater cars. For Sedan, for every additional kilometer the tariff has to be at R19 while for SUVs, the tariff for the first four km they said should be fixed at R150 and R22 for every additional kilometer. The other demands include a R2 waiting charge for every minute and during night times they should be allowed to charge 25% extra.
The unions also wanted the government to fix the commission to the taxi aggregators at 7%. They alleged that at present the commissions are as high as 32% per trip for an taxi-hailing company. The current tariff with the aggregators leave around R6 per kilometer for the driver, which is cheaper than the rate of auto rickshaw while the fuel charges are growing up constantly.
The drivers also alleged that the companies were favouring leased vehicles by allotting longer trips to them while the owner-drivers are offered only shorter trips of 5-10 kilometers. The unions have also demanded the government not to register new vehicles, since the existing ones are not getting enough bookings.