Leading cab aggregator Uber India said that it will be rolling out a national fuel price index to correlate the drivers’ earnings with altered in the fuel prices. The new incentive will be first launched in Mumbai. The drivers of popular cab aggregators Ola and Uber went on a 12-day strike in October due to a decrease in their earnings, which was attributed to the fuel price hike.
It was called off on November 3, following assurances from the aggregators and the state governments. However, they have threatened to go on strike again if their matters are not resolved in a time-bound manner. As per reports, the strike was called off on the condition that the cab aggregators would make a new fare chart on the price-per-kilometer basis by mid-November, which will take into consideration the rising fuel prices. Until then, both Ola and Uber would follow a Diwali-incentive scheme in which the drivers will get a profit on every ride.
“We recognize that current fuel price hike has impacted the net earnings of independent driver partners on the Uber platform. We have instituted a national fuel price index, which will ensure that driver earnings across India are correlated with changes in the price of fuel. Mumbai is the first city where we will be rolling out fuel price index,” Uber India said in a statement Wednesday.
It is also operating towards providing driver partners access to health insurance, life insurance, and micro-loans and a host of other benefits aimed at improving their welfare. Uber had also decided to give an incentive of Rs. 825 for every two trips and Rs. 20,000 for every 45 trips, to each driver, taken during the day.
A media report has stated that the drivers of both the cab aggregators could go on strike on November 18 and 19, if the talks between the union and the management failed on November 15. The drivers union had called for a truce till November 15 in order to avoid inconvenience during Diwali. Since the beginning of 2018, fuel prices have risen sharply amidst a global surge and a free-falling rupee.