This Is Why Ola & Uber Cab Drivers Are Refusing To Switch On Their ACs In Bengaluru

The country’s two most-used taxicab apps Ola and Uber are under fire as cab drivers have adopted a ‘no AC’ policy. As Passengers pay extra to use AC in Cabs, both the company reminds passengers of Kali-Peeli Taxi days.

‘No AC’ policy

After West Bengal, New Delhi, Noida, and Telangana, Bengaluru’s cab drivers have now started a ‘no AC’ policy to bring forward the difficulties faced by Ola and Uber drivers amid a fuel price hike and low commissions.


Many cab drivers complain that their requests to businesses and the government have fallen on deaf ears and that the drivers receive almost no help to solve their problems. The price of diesel has rocketed to almost Rs. 111 now and the government must intervene, so drivers can make some sort of living.

Extra fares from passengers

Cab drivers from other areas have also demanded extra fares from passengers for switching on the air conditioning. A few passengers in Bengaluru have also had experiences wherein cab drivers refuse to switch on the AC.

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Cab drivers would avoid turning on the ACs by citing either COVID-19 protocols or saying that AC is included only in the Ola Prime and sedan bookings.


A user on Twitter named Rahul Shukla wrote a message about the problem tagging the Ola cabs handle, “Your cab driver in Bang(alore) do not switch on AC citing comp diktat due to covid & they do not wear mask. On raising complain no action or part refund is done. When we book a cab it is implied that it will have AC if needed. I would rather take an auto if it isn’t so.”

Another Twitter user called Purnima M. Mishra wrote, “@Olacabs I am in an Ola trip right now from Mahadevapura to Bilekahalli, Bengaluru. I was trying to book a Ola Mini but my ride got upgraded to Ola Prime Sedan. Now when I ask the driver to turn on the AC, he denies saying ‘Ola Mini me AC nahi hota’. Kindly Act.”