Around two lakh Ola and Uber drivers of the Delhi-NCR region are on a strike from Tuesday. The drivers of cab aggregators are demanding a hike in fare as well as the extension of the moratorium on loan repayment in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

Kamaljeet Singh Gill, president of Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi, a union of Ola-Uber drivers said that despite their appeals, the government has failed to take any action.

“Due to the acute financial crisis caused by lockdown, drivers are unable to pay their EMIs. The moratorium of loan repayment ended today and the banks are already putting pressure on us. Drivers are scared that banks will tow away their vehicles for not paying EMIs,” Gill said as quoted by Hindustan Times.

Their other demands include withdrawal of e-challans that have been issued against their vehicles for speeding. They also want a hike in commission from the cab aggregators while commuting between Delhi and NCR regions such as Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon.

“Most of the drivers are finding it difficult to feed their families at this time and have no means to fulfil their financial obligations. Unless the government helps us, there is no way we can work without fear of losing our vehicles,” Gill said on Monday.

The spot for protest is Mandi House near Himachal Bhawan, where the drivers will demand government action.

So far, Ola and Uber have not released any statement regarding the strike call.