BENGALURU: Finding it tough to get an Uber or Ola cab on MG Road? Blame it on parking restrictions and traffic diversions for Metro work. Commuters say driver-partners cancel bookings as soon as they learn the trip is to MG Road. As a result, the waiting time for cabs has increased. With a segment of Kamaraj Road shut and parking banned on MG Road, drivers of app-based cabs like Uber, Ola are shying away from entering MG Road, Brigade Road and Church Street. They say it makes no sense entering these streets as there is no parking space to wait for and pick up passengers. “I booked a cab on Monday morning and could see on the map that the vehicle was on Cubbon Road. The driver, however, cancelled the trip as soon as he realised he has to take a detour to reach the pick-up point. The same thing happened with two more cabbies. Earlier, I used to get bookings within five minutes,” said Prakash Babu, manager with a private firm on MG Road. Romitha K, staffer at a Church Street restaurant, said app-based cabs lining up along the stretch between Anil Kumble Circle and Brigade Road junction on MG Road, was a common sight until a few days ago. “Now, traffic policemen have barricaded the parking space and the waiting time for cabs has increased. On Monday, I had to wait for 15 minutes to get a vehicle,” she added. Why blanket ban: Cabbies Kiran Kumar NP, a cab driver, said a blanket ban on parking is an impractical move. “Traffic police should have allowed designated spots for app-based cabs to pick up and drop commuters. Else, they should at least lift parking restrictions on Church Street. The current curbs are a no-win situation for both cabbies and passengers,” he added. Manjesh KL, another cab driver, said earlier they would be assured of a booking within 10 minutes of dropping a customer on MG Road, especially during peak hours. “Already, we are finding it tough to meet our targets and earn well. Such inconvenience, that too for years together, will only result in more problems for driver-partners associated with app-based aggregators,” he added.