The app-based cab aggregators (Uber and Ola) in Tamil Nadu will now have to follow a rulebook which is meticulously being made by the state government. This rulebook will primarily focus on fares, safety standards and driver regulation.

 

This decision has been taken after there were small-scale protests from the Uber and Ola drivers, who have been asking for several major changes in the policies of the app-based cab aggregators. At the moment, only Delhi and Mumbai have taxi policy.    

“We had sent the proposal some time back. We are expecting a government order soon. Since the state budget is being readied, the timing could not be predicted, but it is imminent. The proposal we had sent included fare determination too, “P Murganantham, joint transport commissioner, Tamil Nadu, was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

 

Last week, a certain section of these drivers did not even switch on their applications and staged protests in front of the state transport authority offices in Chennai. The drivers in Chennai followed the footsteps of the Ola and Uber drivers in Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad.

The primary demand of all the app-based cab drivers in Tamil Nadu is a minimum fare of ₹ 100 for the first four km and ₹ 17 for every additional km. The drivers are also having issues with their targets and working hours per day.

 

“What we need is a regulatory panel comprising drivers, representatives from the app-aggregators, transport authority officials and members of the public. This will end up serving the needs of all quarters, “K Bhimrao, former state assembly legislator with the CPI (M) said.