Last week it seemed like Lagos residents were about to have some treat from ride-hailing services as not only Taxify had reduced the cost of trips, but also Uber as Uber had announced a 40% cut in their UberX rates.
That moment was very short-lived as the Lagos Uber drivers have embarked on a strike. The strike has led to surges all over the state thus, increasing the cost of rides. This incidence resembles that which occurred late last year when there was a surge due to reduced cost of trips.
Drivers have stated that the reason for the strike is due to refusal by Uber management to change the 25% rate charged on every trip amongst a few others and as such, have made demands. The demands include;
- Halting the present price promo
- Reducing the Uber fees to 10%
- Increased verification of riders for security reasons
- Increased response to security issues
Some of these demands were also made by the Abuja Uber drivers during their strike last year. It is hoped that this is resolved quickly and amicably as this is becoming a trend.