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Rapido drivers protest, take to streets to demand fare hike in Guwahati

Drivers of bike taxi aggregator Rapido staged a massive protest on Zoo Road in Guwahati over issues like high commission charged by the company

Rapido drivers hold a protest at Zoo Road, Guwahati

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2020-12-15T23:02:20+05:30

Guwahati: Drivers of bike taxi aggregator Rapido on Tuesday afternoon once again took to the streets of Guwahati in Assam for not getting any response from the authorities concerned despite the indefinite strike they called on Monday (December 14) for 24 hours.

A protesting driver said, "We imposed a strike for 24 hours in the city but despite that none of the offices (Ola, Uber, Rapido) came up with any response. They have not taken any step yet to solve the issues we are facing." He further stated that earlier the companies used to charge 10% commission but now they have increased it to 30%. Earlier, we used to get incentives, but now they have stopped that too since the COVID-19 crisis started.

When asked whether they have talked directly to the management of Rapido about the issues they are facing, he claimed that there was no physical office of Rapido, Uber or Ola in Guwahati.

Ola and Uber closed their physical offices two months ago, while Rapido closed its office a month ago, as per reports. Since there is no physical office in the city, the drivers and associates of these services cannot talk to the management directly.

Over 700 Rapido drivers came together to stage the protest on Zoo Road on Tuesday.

The agitators said that until the management of the three companies fulfilled their demands, they would continue to protest.

Earlier on Monday, drivers of Rapido staged protests against the management as "the companies are taking too much of their earnings in the name of commission despite lowering the fares".

Along with Rapido, Uber and Ola drivers had also joined the indefinite strike.

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