CM Fadnavis to meet auto unions over Ola-Uber tangle


Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be meeting taxi and autorickshaw union functionaries on Monday to thrash out a solution to the impasse between these unions and aggregator firms like Ola and Uber.The taxi-rickshaw sector, hit hard financially by these aggregator firms, have been periodically threatening strikes which in turn tend to cripple normal life for the ordinary Mumbaikar.Speaking to dna, Thampi Kurian of the Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union said, “Our demand from the CM is that these firms like Ola and Uber should not be allowed to drive their vehicles under the All-India Tourist permits. Because of these all-India permits, the state transport department as well as Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Transport Authority (MMRTA) is unable apply working conditions on these Ola and Uber cars. These cars should be brought under the state’s City Taxi 2015 scheme so that their fares can be regulated like taxis and rickshaws.”At present Mumbai has more than 4000 such aggregator cabs with about 80 new cars getting added to the fleet daily.

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