After Australia, Ola forays into United Kingdom, to begin operations in a month

Ola Expands To The UK As Uber Faces $650 Mn Class Action Suit From London Drivers

The company said people can hail both private hire cabs and black taxis through its app.

The UK will be the third country that Ola operates in, following its foray into Australia in February. Ola, founded in 2011, clocks one billion rides each year globally, and has more than one million driver partners in over 110 cities, it said.

The streets of South Wales may seem a long way from the heat and hustle of Mumbai or Dehli, but Indian Uber rival Ola Cabs is hoping it can bridge the distance between the two. The company will take 10% of any private hire fare, and 5% of a black taxi fare - which is now a lower commission rate than Uber.

Ola said in a statement that it will ensure passenger safety through measures including DBS screened drivers and processes such as 24/7 voice support, options to share ride details with emergency contacts and in-app emergency features.

Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder & CEO of Ola, commented: "Ola is excited to announce its plans for the United Kingdom, one of the world's most evolved transportation markets".

Johnson refuses to apologise over 'offensive' burqa comments
She added: "It is very clear that anyone who is talking about this needs to think very carefully about the language they use". MP has hit out at the former foreign secretary after he said that Muslim women wearing burkas look like "letter boxes".

Aside from Uber, Ola will be up against the rival ride-hailing app Gett, and the London-focused firms MyTaxi, Kabbee and Addison Lee.

Services such as Uber - often called "ride-hailing" or "ride-sharing" apps - at their simplest were created to link drivers, via a mobile phone app, with people who they were prepared to give a lift to in return for a bit of petrol money. It is hugely popular in its home market of India, where Uber also operates. However, the USA firm's legal woes continue as the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association said it was seeking advice about potential class action against Uber, over losses to earnings.

The UK is already a crowded market, and one in which Uber itself has faced fierce opposition from established taxi providers, not to mention friction from licensing authorities unhappy at some of its business practices.

Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and chief executive of Ola, said: "The UK is a fantastic place to do business and we look forward to providing a responsible, compelling new service that can help the country meet its ever-demanding mobility needs".

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