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Nov 10, 2017 07:52 PM IST | Source: PTI

Ola, Uber to suspend surge pricing in Delhi during odd-even scheme

Taxi-hailing firm Uber on Thursday said it will not levy dynamic or surge pricing during the odd-even car rule implementation in Delhi next week.

Taxi-hailing firm Uber on Thursday said it will not levy dynamic or surge pricing during the odd-even car rule implementation in Delhi next week.

"This is a moment of crisis and public health emergency in Delhi NCR. Uber is committed to fully supporting the odd-even scheme".

"As a first step, we have decided to suspend dynamic pricing during the odd-even days. Additionally, rides to and from metro stations will also ply on reduced fares," Uber India General Manager, North and Delhi NCR, Prabhjeet Singh said in a statement.

The odd-even car rationing scheme will be rolled out in Delhi for five days from November 13 as part of a graded response plan to tackle the alarming level of pollution in the city.

The scheme will be in place from 8 am to 8 pm and there will be an exemption for women drivers, two-wheelers, and vehicles carrying children in school uniforms, besides VVIPs.

Uber said it has started offering discounts on its taxi sharing rides UberPool.

"We are also securing anti-pollution masks for staff as well as our driver partners. Masks are being made available on priority at all our driver touch-points and driver support centres," the statement said.

Ola's statement on suspending surge pricing

"The current levels of pollution and resultant smog in the national capital are worrisome and it is imperative that we join hands with the Government in their efforts to curtail this situation.

We welcome the odd-even initiative and needless to say, have suspended peak pricing in Delhi.

We believe that shared mobility can play a significant role in solving pollution and congestion in our cities and we continue to encourage commuters to opt for Ola Share rides.

In line with our year-long shared mobility initiative, #FarakPadtaHai, we are further slashing prices on Ola Share to be made available starting Rs. 35, to encourage adoption of shared rides.

We are also planning to launch several shared mobility innovations to make mobility in the city more accessible and hassle-free, reducing the negative impact on the environment.” - said Ola in a statement.
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