Some Uber and Bolt e-cab drivers in Lagos on Saturday asked the e-hailing companies to immediately increase fares being charged by the operators, failing which they would go off the roads today, Monday.
The e-cab operators, under the aegis of Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association, ( PEDPA), threatened to embark on the strike if their demands were not met.
The PEDPA National President, Idris Shonuga, at a news conference in Lagos, called for an immediate upward review of e-cab fares to reflect the current economic reality in the country. According to him, although over 95 percent of e-hailing transactions are consummated through Uber and Bolt platforms, the companies had refused to review their pricing despite unprecedented increases in the price of fuel, vehicles’ spare parts, food items and other essential commodities in the country.
The e-cab operators are also demanding for adequate welfare package for their drivers and compensation to the families of those that lost their lives or are permanently disabled in the line of duty,
The association said that more than 15 drivers had lost their lives, while some had been permanently disabled in accidents in the course of the service, adding that more than 20 others have also lost their lives through kidnapping or killed by ritualists without any compensation from the operators.
Shonuga said that the association was considering taking legal action to seek remedies against the e-hailing companies if their demands were not met.