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Taxi drivers set to ditch Uber and Bolt in Lagos

ByElla E. Kidwell

Jun 8, 2021

Lagos’ Professional E-Hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association (PEDPA) said on Tuesday it has partnered with two indigenous app companies for its ridesharing service.

Idris Shonuga, national president of PEDPA, told reporters in Lagos on Tuesday that he had partnered with the companies Active Ride and My Cab App to replace Uber and Bolt.

“These native application companies would work with the models and provide drivers with a good wellness package for driver satisfaction.

“This will allow the union to protect the collective interests of the drivers, as decisions can now be taken and jointly approved before they are binding on both parties,” PEDPA said.

The move came weeks after members of the Drivers’ Union launched industrial action to force Uber and Bolt to raise their fares.

Mr Shonuga said drivers and passengers have suffered the shortcomings of the electronic calling industry without any written mutual agreement between car owners and foreign application companies.

“Unlike the 20% commission of the giant app companies on the team, Active Ride charges a 15% commission on each trip.

“And of the 15 percent, five percent is deposited in the driver’s cooperative wallet and can be viewed for a quick fix.

“This means that with the 10% commission charged by Active Ride, riders can now earn more and even save.

“They can now have a good maintenance routine which in turn translates into better customer service delivery,” PEDPA said.

He said the new locally developed rideshare app would allow runners to be properly profiled as they would enter their photos at the check-in point, which in turn would be displayed for runners to view.

“This will improve the safety and security of runners and drivers,” he said.

The president of PEDPA said the prices of goods and services had increased by more than 200% and called for an upward revision of tariffs to respond to current economic realities.

“Most drivers are no longer able to maintain their cars and cannot handle riders well as they mostly transfer their aggressiveness to riders who they believe underpay them,” he said. he declares.

Mr Shonuga called on the general public to support indigenous carpool app companies for better working conditions and better online calling services which would greatly contribute to the country’s GDP.

Speaking to the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on the sidelines of the briefing, Active Ride Managing Director Ajayi Ayodeji said that proper driver profiling would help reduce insecurity in the industry,

Mr Ayodeji said the reduced 15% commission “means that drivers can now earn more and even save.

“They can now have a good maintenance routine which in turn translates into better customer service delivery,” he said.


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