Taxi and tourist taxi drivers staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here on Monday demanding the removal of the MCD toll levy and the streamlining of the fare-setting process by app-based taxi services Uber and Ola.
Dozens of tourist taxi, Ola, Uber and three-wheeler taxi drivers took part in the protest at Jantar Mantar.
The protesters demanded that the MCD toll tax, which is levied on commercial vehicles entering Delhi from NCR cities, not be levied on cabs and taxis.
They also alleged that online taxi aggregators pay drivers a small share of the fare, which should be streamlined.
“Government should intervene in setting the fare because online taxi aggregators arbitrarily set the fare and then pay a small amount to the drivers. For example, if the fare is Rs. the rest is kept by the aggregator.
“This practice should be streamlined,” Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti official Indrajeet Singh told PTI.
Singh also said the government should provide CNG and fossil fuels at subsidized rates to cab and taxi drivers 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.
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