July 25, 2017

Mumbai: Stabilised cab fares, digital transactions to help Kaali Peeli taxis compete with Ola, Uber

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The tussle between black and yellow taxis operators and major app-based cab aggregators in Mumbai, that has been going on for over four years now, took a new turn on Friday as the Bombay High Court cracked down on Ola and Uber drivers. A division bench comprising Justices RM Sawant and Sadhana Jadhav heard petitions challenging new rules that state that app-based cab drivers cannot ply on Mumbai roads with a national tourist permit, and would require a local permit instead.

The petition was filed by six drivers plying cabs with the two major companies, Ola and Uber, according to PTI . The petition also said that “obtaining local permits will cost private taxi drivers and owners 10 times more than what it costs the drivers of black and yellow taxis.” Representational image. Reuters This petition comes after a long-standing dispute between Ola, Uber and Mumbai’s local Kaali Peeli taxis. Both sides have complained throughout the length of this legal battle regarding the issues faced by their drivers in the city.

Mumbai’s taxi union leader AL Quadros had said in a Hindustan Times report in May that “Ola and Uber companies have been cheating the public by charging Rs 55 base […]

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