Drivers on e-hailing platforms, Uber and Bolt, have embarked on a one-week strike in Lagos, to protest against some of the new regulations by the state government.
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Ayoade Ibrahim, president of the National Union of Professional App-Based Workers, said on Monday, that the representative of the union was not involved in the agreement reached between operators; Uber and Bolt, Lagos State government and the Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association, The Guardian reports.
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“App companies like Uber and Bolt push their responsibility to us,” Ayoade said.
“We want to negotiate with Lagos State Government about the regulations and our responsibility”.
The state government announced on August 14, 2020, that the new regulations, which were to take effect on August 20, have been modified after an initial outcry by the drivers on the burden the regulations will put on them.
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One contentious regulation the drivers are unhappy about is the service tax to be charged on each trip, while the e-hailing operators like Uber and Bolt are to pay up to N25 million license fee and N10 million annually for renewal of their license.
Commissioner for transport, Frederic Oladeinde, said the government will charge N20 per trip, instead of 20 percent of the charges for each trip.
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There was also a 20 percent reduction in the license and renewal fees, and the drivers were also given up to 90 days to complete the necessary paperwork.
However, Ayoade insisted that his union was deliberately sidelined from meeting with governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, because of its stance on the new regulations.
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He said parts of the amended regulations still put heavy burdens on the drivers.
“They did not call us for the final conclusion with Mr Governor. They know our stand. That is why they sidelined us during the governor’s meeting. They denied us the opportunity to tell Mr Governor of our problems,” he stated.