Participants in the protest included drivers of tourist taxis, Ola, Uber taxis and three-wheelers.
Associations of taxi drivers and tourist taxi associations staged a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Monday to demand the removal of the MCD toll levy and streamlining of the process of setting passenger fares by taxi services based on apps such as Uber and Ola. The protest, however, had no visible impact on taxi services in the city.
Participants in the protest included drivers of tourist taxis, Ola, Uber taxis and three-wheelers. They demanded that the MCD toll tax, which is levied on commercial vehicles when entering Delhi from NCR cities, should not be levied on cabs and taxis. Additionally, they pointed out that online taxi aggregators pay a small portion of the fare to drivers and called for it to be streamlined.
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The protesters demanded that the government intervene in setting fares because online taxi aggregators arbitrarily set fares and then only pay drivers a small fee. For example, if the fare requested by passengers is ₹100, then drivers only get ₹30 while the rest is kept by the aggregator. “This practice should be streamlined,” Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti official Indrajeet Singh told PTI. Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti is an organization that oversees several taxi and taxi unions.
In addition, Singh demanded that the government provide CNG and fuel to cab and taxi drivers at subsidized rates on benefit lines given to other industries. “Taxi and taxi drivers are being hit hard by the pandemic and the industry is still reviving, so the government should help them by providing fuel at subsidized rates,” he said.
He also demanded that MCD parking fees should not be collected from taxis operating in outer rural areas of Delhi as they do not use the MCD parking lot. He also warned that if the demands of the can drivers were not met, the unions would stage a massive protest again and could also call a strike in the future.
(with PTI entries)
Date of first publication: March 22, 2022, 07:14 IST