Uber, Bolt drivers ask for charges that reflect current economic challenges
Some Uber and Bolt e-cab drivers in Lagos have asked the e-hailing companies to immediately increase fares being charged by the operators or they would embark on strike from Monday, April 19, 2021.
The drivers under the aegis of Professional e-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association (PEDPA) threatened to stop working if their demands are not met.
According to the National President of PEDPA, Mr. Idris Shonuga, at a news conference in Lagos, on Saturday, he called for immediate upward review of e-cab fares to reflect the current economic reality in the country.
The president, who pointed out that more than 95% of e-hailing transactions are consummated through Uber and Bolt platforms but the companies have refused to review despite unprecedented increases in the price of petrol, vehicle spare parts, food items, and other essential commodities in the country.
Shonuga in his statement said, “In a quest to work harmoniously at resolving some issues, the association wrote several letters to the companies which were not attended to, showing nonchalant attitude towards our plight.
Your companies have failed, refused, and neglected to honour our request for a meeting to discuss issues beneficial to all e-hailing drivers in Nigeria. And to fashion a harmonious relationship that will benefit, dignify and improve the standard of living of e-hailing drivers, private car owners, and the general standard of e-hailing business in the country.
Instead of fixing a new and reasonable fare in line with inflation, the companies have recklessly continued to maintain the low fare, thereby, impoverishing hard-working young Nigerians who are diligently and lawfully trying to make a decent living.’’
The e-cab operators are also asking for adequate welfare package for drivers and compensation to the families of those that lost their lives or are permanently disabled in the line of duty, pointing out that over 15 drivers had lost their lives, while some had been permanently disabled in accidents in the course of the service.
Shonuga, who also disclosed that over 20 other members of their association have also lost their lives through kidnapping or killed by ritualists without any compensation from the operators, said that the association was considering taking legal action to seek remedies against the e-hailing companies if their demands were not met.