Another cab driver proposing a similar scheme said that his "incentives are nowhere close to the amount earned three years back". "Now I have lenders on my head all the time. I do not wish to continue, but I am stuck."
Asked about this trend, Ola said: "We urge passengers to always take rides through the Ola platform and not get into private arrangements with drivers. The Ola platform has specifically built-in safety and security features that are designed to support users from the moment a ride is booked till it is concluded."
"By choosing to disconnect from the platform, users lose out on the safety net that can protect them in case of any anomaly. We encourage all our users to report any untoward driver behaviour immediately using the in-app support functions, or our social media handles which enable us to swiftly attend and resolve issues," the company added.
Redsheer had said that an online cab driver who works around 25 days a month, on an average, makes nearly Rs 50,000 a month. However, a good 40-45 per cent of this goes towards the fixed costs such as installments while another 20-25 per cent goes towards variable costs like fuel.
"Thus the driver's take-home income is around Rs 18-20,000 per month. Since the online cab aggregators started focussing on profitability and reduced the incentives, the take-home incomes of the drivers have dropped drastically. But they still continue to earn higher than the offline counterparts, who earn about 15-18,000 a month," Redsheer said.
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