Taxi-hailing drivers threaten strike over unimplemented 2018 MoU

July 12, 2019 (5 days ago)
In a letter addressed to Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia on Thursday, members of the Digital Taxi Forum (DTF) say they will engage in a mass demonstration over the implementation of the MOU/FILE – UBER KENYA

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 12 – Taxi drivers have threatened to down their tools on Monday citing the failure by hailing service providers to implement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)signed in July 2018.

In a letter addressed to Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia on Thursday, members of the Digital Taxi Forum (DTF) say they will engage in a mass demonstration over the implementation of the MOU.

“We are sad to report that nothing substantial has come out of the MOU to date because the digital taxi app companies never honored the MOU citing diverse excuses for not honoring the same,” reads the letter, that was also served to Nairobi County Government.

On July 11, 2018, drivers from the digital taxi apps drive composed of Uber, Little cab and Bolt formerly known as Taxify and the digital taxi drivers had agreed to review the pricing of trips upwards to promote their welfare.

Digital taxi hailing companies had last year agreed to sign the deal for better compensation to drivers through adjustments to both commissions charged on driver earnings and the customer charge per kilometer.

Digital Taxi drivers had last year complained of unfair pricing that brought about competition with the digital taxi app drivers whose rates are favorable to the majority of consumers.

The taxi drivers feel cheated with the digital firms appearing evasive and detached to the MOU.

The taxi drivers have now taken the responsibility of ensuring it sees the light of the day hoping that their grievances will be addressed, this time around.

“We will be holding and picketing peaceful demonstrations every day until our concerns are addressed, we will remain on strike until an agreement is reached that will be amicably acceptable by all parties and stakeholders involved,” said DTF President John Kimani.

Initially, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) was given the mandate to manage the MOU by the Transport Ministry, who then issued directives to the Nairobi County Government to ensure the MOU is implemented.

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