The unacceptable and indecent behaviour of traditional taxi and auto drivers towards passengers hiring online taxi services like Uber and Ola has become a common issue in Kerala these days. The Kochi Post had reported an incident that happened to Vidya Gopalakrishnan who had posted a video on YouTube a couple of weeks ago of auto drivers at Ernakulam South Railway Station questioning her and arguing that Uber drivers are not allowed to enter the railway station premises and pick up passengers. The video also showed the behaviour of these auto drivers towards the Uber driver, who was manhandled and threatened for picking up passengers from the railway station.
Despite the video going viral and raising many questions about the commitment of the police force on the issue, a similar incident happened with singer Sayanora Philip, who got down at the Ernakulam North Railway Station at 3.30 a.m. and was obstructed by auto drivers for hiring a Uber taxi. She has posted a video describing her ordeal on her official Facebook page. In the video, she said that her Uber driver was manhandled at the station. She also said that as a woman she felt unsafe being asked to cancel her ride and hail the Uber from outside the station. She also appealed to the authorities to arrive at a solution to this problem that the public is facing.