Some Uber and Bolt drivers in Lagos on Saturday asked the e-hailing companies to immediately increase fares being charged by the operators.
The e-cab operators, under the aegis of Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association, threatened to commence a strike on Monday if their demands were not met.
The National President of PEDPA, Mr Idris Shonuga, at a press conference in Lagos, called for the immediate upward review of e-cab fares to reflect the current economic situation in the country.
According to Shonuga, over 95 per cent of e-hailing transactions are consummated through Uber and Bolt platforms, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
He said that the companies had refused to review its pricing despite unprecedented increases in the prices of fuel, vehicle spare parts, food items and other essential commodities in the country.
Shonuga said, “In a quest to work harmoniously at resolving some issues, the association wrote several letters to the companies but they were not attended to, showing a 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 also demanded adequate welfare packages for drivers and compensation to the families of those that lost their lives or 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 while working.
“More than 20 others have also lost their lives to kidnapping or killed by ritualists without any compensation from the operators, ‘’the association said.
Shonuga said that the association was considering taking legal action to seek remedies against the e-hailing companies if their demands were not met.