More than 50 Ola and Uber rental taxi drivers resorted to a blitz protest at Anna Salai in Chennai on Friday, demanding that taxi aggregators offer them higher fares based on fuel prices.
As of July 2, the price of gasoline was Rs.99.80 per liter and diesel was Rs93.72 per liter in Chennai.
Initially, the drivers staged a protest sit-in near Chepauk, but around 3 p.m. they took their vehicles and pulled over to busy Anna Salai Road. This led to a massive traffic jam for over an hour in the area.
#Ola, #Uber taxi drivers used a lightning protest against Anna Salai in Chennai. They asked aggregators to provide them with higher tariffs based on current fuel prices. The police cleared the traffic jams, few drivers were arrested. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/7sQ9jDMLpT
– Janardhan Koushik (@koushiktweets) July 2, 2021
The traffic police quickly took action and convinced the drivers to extricate their vehicles. Although they paved the way for Anna Salai, the vehicle blockade caused traffic to rumble in other areas.
The drivers claimed that taxi aggregators were taking a 30% commission per trip and demanded that this be reduced given the lockdown and current fuel prices.
âThe police are threatening to arrest us. They took our cell phones and the keys to our vehicles. We protested quietly until the afternoon, but there was no response from the management of the company so we came here. Just as people in other industries are asking for salary increases, we have asked them to increase our salary. We are unable to operate our vehicles at current fuel prices. The government should step in and solve this problem, âa driver who took part in the protest told reporters.
During this time, the police stopped a group of drivers and proceeded to clear the traffic.
According to reports, a sector of Ola Uber drivers have been on strike since Wednesday to protest against rising diesel prices. Amid a vehicle shortage, taxi aggregators reportedly charged passengers more than the regular fare. Passenger waiting times have also been significantly increased.