This new move to cap the commission that ride-hailing apps like Uber and Ola earn could cut their total earnings in half.
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India plans to cap the commissions app-based taxi aggregators such as Uber and homegrown Ola earn on rides to a maximum 10 per cent of the total fare, according to a draft proposal seen by Reuters, a move industry experts warned would hit revenue and operations. Such a law would be another blow to San Francisco-based Uber after the ride-hailing firm was stripped of its licence to carry paying passengers in London on Monday for the second time in just over two years over a “pattern of failures” on safety and security. India’s federal government has proposed reducing the commission from the around 20 per cent of the total fair charged at present, according to the 23-page document titled “central guidelines for aggregators”.
The government has also proposed stricter safety checks for drivers and wants to cap their working hours at 12 per day, amid fears long shifts were putting passenger safety at risk. India’s road transport ministry did not respond to a request for comment outside working hours. Uber and Ola also did not respond. The proposal could still change but industry experts say it could halve Uber and Softbank-backed Ola’s revenues from rides. India accounts for an estimated 11 per cent of Uber’s global rides annually. “The 10 per cent (commission) is not viable, it has to be something around 20 per cent,” said Joy Bandekar, a former executive at Ola, adding the system could not survive at the lower rate.