The Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers of Nigeria, which represents drivers who use cab-hailing apps, has asked cab-hailing companies to evaluate taxi pricing in light of the recent elimination of fuel subsidies and the ensuing effects.
The organisation demanded that companies offering app-based transportation, including Uber, Bolt, Lagride, and Indriver, immediately increase their prices by 200% and establish the minimum trip charge at N2 000 each.
Adedamola Adeniran, the National President of AUATWON, stated on Friday that the new gasoline price was negatively impacting the income and support of its members.
Adediran claimed that this was the case because, in contrast to independent cab drivers, branded taxi drivers, bus drivers and others, members lacked the ability to raise the rate.
Therefore, he encouraged app-based transport businesses to immediately examine their prices and increase them by 200%, setting the minimum trip charge at N2,000.
Additionally, he advised the businesses to refrain from deactivating any drivers as a result of the elimination of gasoline subsidies.
“The homogenous commission rates that had rendered our firm unprofitable should immediately be fixed at 10% flat or reduced by 50% without any hidden fees, according to the app companies.
We demand that app businesses use the money from homogenous commissions reserved to subsidise trip fares for the rider by at least 5% to mitigate the impact of the rise for the rider.
Similarly, Mr Jossy Olawale, the union’s chairman of the media and publicity committee, urged the app developers to promptly reply and comply with the union’s demands.
We would also want to encourage our members to conduct their business legitimately and lucratively while waiting for additional instructions from the union.