Auto rickshaw drivers took to the streets of Bengaluru, demanding a complete ban on bike taxi operations in the city. The city reportedly came to a halt as auto rickshaw drivers observed a 24-hour strike, which was supported by 20 auto unions and organised by the Auto and Taxi Drivers Union.
While The Hindu reported a partial impact on the roads, News Minute reported that many autos were seen plying the roads even as unions called for a complete shutdown.
Meanwhile state Transport Minister B Sriramulu was quoted as saying, “I have directed officials that auto drivers should not be troubled. Officials have been instructed to take firm action against such bike taxis. I request that the auto drivers end their strike.”
Protesting auto rickshaw drivers have demanded a total ban on bike taxis, claiming that such services are threatening their livelihoods. In addition to seeking action against these ‘illegal’ bike taxis, unions have claimed that bike taxi aggregators exploited young people and students by luring them with incentives while putting their lives in danger to provide such services.