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Autorickshaw Unions On A 24-Hour Long Strike Against The ‘Illegal’ Bike Taxis : Demand A Ban

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Bengaluru Auto Drivers Union Federation has called for a 24-hour-long bandh on Monday, March 20, 2023. The strike is to demand a ban on the ‘illegal’ bike taxis in the city.

Since the last few months, the differences between the auto rickshaw unions and online commuting applications have grown. The unions had been demanding a ban on the bike taxis, as they state it has threatened their livelihood. Besides not operating the rickshaws, the drivers will march at the Majestic Bus Stand. The union will rally from the railway stations to the official residence of the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavraj Bommai’s official residence.

“By not taking any action against the illegal Rapido services, the government has miserably failed to safeguard the interest of the auto drivers. The bike taxi services have destroyed the livelihoods of auto drivers. Despite multiple appeals to initiate action against such services, the government has done nothing,” said M Manjunath to The Indian Express.

“The bike taxi service is also exploiting youngsters by deceiving them into incentives. The app illegally on-boards college students.”, he continued.

“Whiteboard bikes are being used to carry passengers who are supposed to use auto-rickshaws,” said C Sampath, the Union general secretary C. Sampath.

“For the last few years, auto drivers have seen a dip in business due to these two-wheeler taxis. We are facing losses, and are unable to repay loans, fees, or rents.” said another union leader.

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