Uber drivers in Nairobi are on strike in protest for higher pay. Some of the complaints being tabled by the drivers include; they want to earn like their metered counterparts who earn higher for the same distance an Uber driver would drive. They also want the customer to be billed immediately they request a ride on the app and not the time they get into the taxi. The drivers argue there are times they end up consuming high fuel as they drive around in search of the customer.
The drivers also want Uber to reduce its commission from the current 25% of the fare to 10%. The strike comes hot on the heels of a recent ban of Uber taxis in and around airports in the country citing fair competition concerns. While the ban is still in force, the matter is currently under review by the Competition Authority of Kenya.
Not to forget that in July 2016, Uber announced a 35% price cut. A move largely viewed as a price war tactic to sabotage growing competition in the taxi hailing space in Kenya. A competition that became …read more