Ola taxi drivers talk to each other as they wait for passengers on a roadside in Amritsar.
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LONDON – Indian hail-fighting company Ola said Thursday it would incentivize its London drivers to switch to electric vehicles and activate the charm to convince city regulators that they are suitable to operate in the city.
From Thursday until August 13th, Ola will waive the commission for drivers who own an electric model. Ola users in London can request a ride from a new category called “Ola EV”, where only electric vehicle drivers can take rides.
The SoftBank-supported launch launched his app in the British capital last February in hopes of ousting Uber as the market leader. But it was subsequently deprived of his license Just eight months later, with affected local traffic officials, Ola was not “fit and adequate” to keep one.
Ola appealed Transport for London’s decision not to renew the license. That said, it can still be operated in the city. Something similar happened to Uber twice, but the San Francisco-based company made it regaining his license after a legal dispute with TfL.
In Ola’s case, TfL found that the company had committed “historical violations“This threatened public safety. It was said that unlicensed drivers could take more than 1,000 passenger trips with Ola and that the company did not notify regulators immediately when these violations were first discovered.
“We continue to work with TfL to address the issues raised openly and transparently,” Ola said in a statement. “At Ola, our core principle is to work closely, cooperatively and transparently with regulators like TfL.”
“As Ola stated at the time of TfL’s decision, we are appealing the decision. This way, our drivers and drivers can be assured that we will continue to work normally and provide London with safe and reliable mobility.”
Ola claims to have over 25,000 drivers in London, 700 of whom are Ola EV qualified. After the launch of Ola EV, the company will seek to expand its offerings through partnerships with other companies to encourage more drivers to switch from polluting vehicles.
March, Over All 70,000 UK drivers were classified as workers after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that a group of the company’s drivers should be treated as workers rather than independent contractors. That meant Uber had to give its UK drivers a minimum wage, vacation pay, and retirement plans.
Other hailstorm apps, including Ola, Bolt, and Free Now, say they are reviewing the Supreme Court ruling to see if it affects their business.
Ola has been digging deeper into electric vehicles lately. To date, the company’s Ola Electric unit, which makes electric scooters and charging stations, has raised over $ 300 million from investors, according to Crunchbase. The company recently dedicated Jaguar Land Rover veteran Wayne Burgess as head of vehicle design.