Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said the government will suspend surge pricing by taxi aggregator services like Uber and Ola even after the second phase of the odd-even scheme ends. Fifty cabs were impounded on Wednesday for overcharging commuters, reported ANI.
Earlier in the week, Uber and Ola had announced a temporary suspension of surge pricing, or raising cab fares when demand is high, after the government threatened action against cabs charging rates higher than those allowed by authorities. The government’s move came after the Delhi High Court asked it what steps it was taking to stop arbitrary fares from being charged.
On Wednesday, Kejriwal, in a series of tweets, said that surge pricing was “daylight robbery”. With regard to taxi aggregators saying it was harder to provide cabs if such price hikes were not allowed, Kejriwal said he would not allow such blackmailing. “We are not against taxi aggregators. We fully support them…But they will have to follow the law,” he tweeted.
Uber on Tuesday had sent a message to its customers in Delhi, announcing that longer wait times were because surge pricing had been suspended.