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    Cab drivers in Hyderabad are turning up the heat on app aggregators with AC tariff increases.

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    In Hyderabad, cab drivers are facing challenges due to low fares and high summer temperatures. They have started a ‘no AC’ campaign to protest against app aggregators like Ola and Uber. The drivers are asking for uniform fares per kilometer for all taxis operating through these platforms.

    The Telangana Gig and Platform Workers Union (TGPWU) initiated the campaign, stating that it is not financially sustainable for drivers to run their ACs in cabs with the current low per-kilometer rates. The union’s president, Shaik Salauddin, mentioned that the cost of running cabs with AC is much higher than what they earn per kilometer after deducting commissions charged by the app companies.

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    Drivers have informed customers about the situation and requested tips if they want the AC turned on during rides. The union hopes that this campaign will bring attention to the government and platform companies to address the issues faced by drivers of app-based taxis.

    Salauddin urged the Telangana State government to implement uniform fares for all taxis under platform companies and ensure compliance with regulations. Despite not wanting to inconvenience customers or themselves, drivers feel they have no choice but to launch the ‘no AC’ campaign due to unaddressed concerns.

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    The union has also appealed to the State transport commissioner to crack down on illegal cab services and establish consistent fares for both city taxis and app-based taxis.

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