Delhi’s Auto, Taxi Unions Withdraw Call for Strike on Monday

Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union tonight withdrew their call for strike on Monday after the city government gave them a written assurance that their demands would be fulfilled. The two unions account for the major chunk of the autorickshaw and taxi drivers in the national capital. Rajendra Soni, general secretary of both the unions, said Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai has given them assurance. The strike was proposed in protest against app-based cab operators, and eight other unions which met the minister Sunday had already “distanced” themselves…

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Will Prevent Arbitrariness by App-Based Taxi Operators: Delhi Government

In the wake of a strike called by a section of auto and taxi unions in the national capital on Monday, the Delhi government on Sunday said it would take strict action to prevent “arbitrariness” by app-based taxi operators causing hardship to commuters. The strike was called off soon after the Delhi Government’s assurances. The strike called by the unions in protest against the “illegal operation” of app-based taxi services, would have added to the woes of commuters as offices, schools and other institutions will open after an extended weekend…

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Uber, Lyft Hitting Los Angeles’ Taxi Industry Hard

Uber and Lyft are eviscerating the taxi industry in Los Angeles three years after they began operating in the city, officials say. Thanks to the ridesharing services, which enable independent drivers to offer rides via a smartphone application, “taxicab service demand indicators have dropped (total trips and dispatch trips) beginning in the second half of 2013 and increasing through 2015,” according to a report by Department of Transportation seen by AFP on Thursday. The number of taxi trips arranged in advance has dropped 42 percent while the total number of…

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Taxi Drivers Block Streets in Buenos Aires After Uber Launch

Uber, the smartphone app that connects riders and drivers, launched Tuesday in Buenos Aires without authorization, triggering protests by taxi drivers who blocked major avenues and snarled traffic. “The Uber smartphone app will be available as of 4:00 hours today Buenos Aires time, and can be downloaded at the App Store,” the San Francisco-based company said on Twitter. Although ride-hailing apps have risen rapidly to become a booming industry, they face stiff resistance from traditional taxis and bans over safety concerns and questions about legal issues including taxes. Taxi drivers…

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India Funding Roundup: A Bike Taxi Startup, File Sharing App, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles investments in Indian startups engaged in e-commerce, fashion discovery, on-demand transportation, B2B and B2C e-commerce startups. Ninjacart Bengaluru-based Ninjacart, a B2B startup connects farmers and brands to retailers, has raised $3 million (around Rs. 20 crores) in Series A funding round led by Accel Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, M&S Partners, and Zop Smart. Founded in 2015, Ninjacart helps producers to sell directly to retail stores by providing a selling platform and assisting in warehousing and order fulfilment. Wooplr Social fashion discovery platform Wooplr has reportedly received…

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