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Uber category downgrade of Cultus vehicles hits taxi drivers financially

Uber category downgrade of Cultus vehicles hits taxi drivers financially

Uber category downgrade of Cultus vehicles hits taxi drivers financially

Uber ‘riding partner’ taxi drivers were notified last week that all Cultus vehicles were being moved — barring the models launched in 2017 and onwards — from the Go category to Mini.

Uber, a ride hailing service, recently moved the Cultus vehicles (excluding the 2017 model) from Go to Mini category annoying numerous drivers in Pakistan who have been affected financially.

Taxi drivers who were making upto Rs1600 per day even at slow periods, now earning only Rs900.They now have to travel further, longer to increase their earnings to a decent level.

Many taxi drivers were fuming with Ubers decision and have fedback their comments, and are also pursuing alternative options to earn a decent livelihood for their families.

Whilst, Ubers official feedback has highlighted the fact they now wanted to make the Mini product sizable enough to serve its customer base, with only a ‘few vehicle types have been shifted to Mini on the basis of what the riders value most in which product.’

There are approximately 10,000 vehicles of the specific brand/model registered with Uber within Pakistan overall.

Many student taxi drivers have been heavily affected, as they drive Uber (given the flexi timings) to support their families.

Uber has been reluctant to release the precise number of registered vehicles and taxi drivers, whilst previous media data has indicated that upto 100,000 flexible employment opportunities for the society.

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