Ola-Uber Drivers in Bengaluru Working to Introduce Their Own App
India had come to a standstill (almost) when Ola and Uber drivers called for a strike in February and the cab service was a nightmare. However, after failing to garner attention from their respective employers, Ola and Uber drivers have now decided to introduce their own app. Reports suggest that nearly 8000 cab drivers are in favour of the idea.
The President of Uber, TaxiForSure and Ola Drivers And Owners Association, Tanveer Pasha, said in a statement:
We were to start discussing the logistics of the app with JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy during the protest at Freedom Park but he could not come due to health concerns. Nevertheless, he has promised his support.
Pasha claims that the mobile application will be ready in a month, meanwhile, they will be working on the software and infrastructure that will be required for the idea to be fully functional. The heads of various drivers’ unions, according to Pasha, have joined hands to ensure that the app is launched. If reports are to be believe, about 50% of drivers from Ola and Uber are still on strike and have not logged in to their devices.
The Uber and Ola drivers decided to initiate a strike in February due to slashed incentives, high commission rates, long-working hours and less income. The strike majorly affected the metro cities, with cab fares and demand of cabs touching surreal heights. The strike went in vain, and the frequency and cost of cabs have become quite normal now. However, not much was established by the drivers on strike. The idea of introducing an app, though, might be a breakthrough. Reports suggest that some drivers have extended their full-fledged support to the idea, while others are apprehensive about the move.
Uber and Ola did not come forward with an explanation or solution to the situation when the cab-world came to a halt. When the app launches a month later, it will be interesting to see if the cab-aggregating companies have something to say about it.