Home / Tech / News / India to allow Uber and rivals to charge 20% commission
tech

India to allow Uber and rivals to charge 20% commission

Industry experts had warned that a 10% cap would hit revenue and operations of the likes of Uber, which have faced increased regulatory scrutiny in several countries.

Drivers of Uber and Ola walk next to their parked vehicle's during a protest in New Delhi, India, February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo
Drivers of Uber and Ola walk next to their parked vehicle's during a protest in New Delhi, India, February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo (REUTERS)

India will allow app-based taxi aggregators such as Uber Technologies and Ola to charge up to 20% commission on ride fares, according to guidelines issued on Friday, diluting an earlier proposal to cap fees at 10%.

The final guidelines, which are to be considered by the state governments when issuing licences to aggregators, say drivers should receive 80% of the ride fare with the taxi companies receiving the remaining 20%.

ALSO READ: Uber's $50 million pledge adds to push for minority lending

The government guidelines also recommended that so-called surge prices at busy times can be a maximum of 1.5 times the base fare and that companies must provide insurance cover for drivers and limit them to working no more than 12 hours a day.

India accounts for an estimated 11% of Uber's global rides annually and is SoftBank-backed Ola's home market.

Follow HT Tech for the latest tech news and reviews, also keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.