HYDERABAD: Already reeling with income loss due to the lockdown, cab drivers are feeling the pinch with soaring diesel prices. Most cars operating on two main cab aggregator platforms – Ola and Uber – run on diesel, whose price has touched a new high record of Rs 75.91 on Saturday.
According to a recent survey by Indian Federation of App-Based Transport Workers (IFAT), of 1.5 lakh cabs that operate under various ownership patterns, only 60,000 were plying in the city post lockdown. IFAT national general secretary Shaik Salauddin said: “Increasing diesel prices are affecting the cab drivers, who are already among the worst hit due to the lockdown. Most of them have to support their families, pay finance for their vehicles and spend most of their earnings on fuel. Despite the struggles, aggregators are collecting 20% commission.”