Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Ban on surge pricing by Ola, Uber good: poll

Sixty-seven per cent of respondents support ban on surge pricing by tax aggregators like Ola and Uber by govts in Delhi and Karanataka

Over two-thirds of respondents to a Mint-instaVaani poll said the ban on surge pricing put in place by the Karnataka and Delhi governments on app-based cab aggregators is a good move and over three-quarters of them felt that the curbs would benefit consumers.

The findings come in the wake of the two governments cracking the whip on aggregators charging extra during peak hours. Aggregators Uber Technologies Inc. and Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd) temporarily suspended surge pricing with effect from 18 April in Delhi after the high court asked the government to act.

Surge pricing allows Ola and Uber to raise fares in an area when demand is higher than supply. Both companies contend that surge pricing helps increase the supply (of drivers and cabs) on the road when demand rises.

A total of 515 respondents across major metros were polled for their views on the matter. In response to a specific query, 67% (233 of 349 respondents) said they support the ban on surge pricing. Seventy-seven per cent (228 of 298 respondents) said the regulations imposed on cab aggregators will benefit consumers. And 41% (110 of 268 respondents) said the ban will not lead to an artificial scarcity in the number of taxis available.