What if their grievances could be addressed under the Consumer Protection Act and the new Consumer Protection Bill?
The costs that Ola and Uber inflict on the financial and physical health of their driver-owners, road space and safety and city transport infrastructure are too significant to be left to Silicon Valley-based venture capitalists.
While online taxi companies may simply be reproducing old exploitative structures, the question that seems to have been forgotten is: What kind of public and private transportation system does India want?
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The explosion of monetary incentives and subsidies triggered a gold rush. With that coming to an end, are Uber and Ola simply reproducing old exploited and informal labour markets?
US tech firms have been among the more vocal sectors speaking out against the policy, with many of its staff made up of foreign-born nationals.
Given Indian social realities, digital platforms such as Uber should be made to provide at least a basic level of social protection for workers using them.
Robots are already beginning to cost less to manufacture and operate than human salaries. This will ensure a spike in the use of AI, rather than creating more American jobs.
The ride-sharing app means different things in different countries. In Karachi and Lahore, it has highlighted economic inequalities.
With the rise of information technology, how does the law keep up with another frontier, the datasphere, and control it efficiently?
Not only is the Indian legal framework not equipped to deal with potential privacy violations arising from ever-present CCTVs, we also don’t know if it will actually reduce crime.
The ‘Make In India’ campaign aims to make India a global manufacturing hub, but RBI data suggests that both FDI in manufacturing and the percentage of FDI flowing to manufacturing declined in 2015-16.
Some American and European economists are worrying that the Japanese ‘disease’ will spread among all leading economies. Indeed it could be argued that with Europe in the doldrums and the US economy not steaming ahead as it once did, this may be already happening.
While addressing the issue of surge pricing, the court observed that while taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber reduce the pressure on public transport, “a uniform policy must be devised” for regulating them.
Old and new economy businesses have different ways of gaining some form of monopoly in a product or a service value chain. It remains incumbent on the government to regulate this through appropriate and suitable regulatory mechanisms.
Will the company take us to the promised land, where rides are fairly priced and available in abundance?
As autorickshaw unions threaten to stage protests and as Delhi starts the odd-even scheme again, Uber backs down.
Smith announced that Microsoft was suing the Department of Justice for the right to inform its customers when the government is reading their emails.
Widespread disruption in the world of business has caused 70% of companies on the Fortune 1000 list to fall off the map since 2013. New entrepreneurs are emerging from nowhere to become dominant players.
The criminal case against the driver will carry on in India.