Radio cab drivers' strike intensifies in Ahmedabad

Radio cab drivers’ strike intensifies in Ahmedabad

Radio cab drivers' strike intensifies in AhmedabadAHMEDABAD: Radio cab drivers in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, particularly those associated with Uber, have been on strike since Sunday, over the hike in fuel prices. Cab drivers allege that the company has cut their incentives and they are not being compensated for higher fuel prices, because of which they struggle to make ends meet.Fuel prices have significantly increased over the past few weeks. As a result, much of our earnings are sucked in by fuel costs,” said Vinod Labana, a driver affiliated to the cab aggregator. “In addition, our monthly instalments for the car purchase as well as the company commission of 25% have to be paid, leaving barely anything for us.”
Fuel prices have gone up significantly over the past few weeks. Diesel price on Wednesday stood at Rs 72.80 per litre while petrol was Rs 75.62 per litre.
“We have sought to increase the fares to Rs 12-15 per kilometre for hatchback and sedans. Currently, the fare is Rs 7 per kilometre,” said Manglesh Kandolia, another driver. A major demonstration was held in the city on Wednesday by cab drivers on the Doordarshan Tower ground. With several cabs going off the road, commuters are having to wait longer for cabs and paying more than usual.
“Booking cabs is getting annoying by the day. My monthly expense for cabs has already doubled over the past couple of years and cab strikes have become frequent nowadays,” said a Falguni Pandit, a professional who commutes to work by cabs. “I have no choice but to wait till a few bookings are cancelled. Then I end up paying a premium owing to surge pricing.”

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