Taxi drivers signed up with leading aggregators Ola and Uber staged a strike at the Kempegowda International Airport to protest against flat rates levied by the companies on the ground that the charges are not sufficient. 

 

Earlier also taxi drivers protested against the transport department of the state for asking Uber and Ola to adhere to Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules of 2016 that fixes a maximum fare and makes registration with transport department a mandatory practice. 

 

Why flat rates?

 

Earlier in the month of November, the state government upheld the rule for Uber that it cannot charge extra or surge fares. So, now this company is charging flat rates without the passengers knowing whether they are paying surged price or actual rate.

 

On the other hand, Ola does not have any such rule and therefore, they are still charging surged rates during peak hours.

 

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As for the drivers, the flat rates are causing troubles since these rates include aggregator's commission which is 25% as well as toll charges. From the airport, many passengers travel to various distant places across the city and due to the flat charges the drivers are suffering from losses. 

 

The drivers have also decided to stage a protest on New Year's Eve which will cause much inconvenience for party goers as well as unusual passengers.