Lagos State Government To Regulate Ride-hailing Services

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Lagos state government has finally decided to regulate ride-hailing services like bolt, uber and others

Ever since the ban on bike-hailing services like the day-to-day activities of people most especially the working class. There has been a lot of request including a protest by workers to the state government but to no avail.

However, the Lagos state government has decided to regulate ride-hailing services and they might start paying the sum of N10 million licenses fee, and 10% per Trip. The new crackdown follows the crackdown on drivers of ride-hailing companies by the state government in the last couple of weeks.

According to the news report, the impounding of vehicles belonging to several Uber drivers was as a result of the drivers not having hackney permits and Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) certification.

The regulations have not been implemented, but when it does, the ride-hailing companies with third party operators like Uber and Bolt will be mandated to pay a license fee of N10 million or N25 Million if the company has over 1000 drivers.

However, for subsequent years the ride-hailing companies will pay an annual renewal fee of N5 million or N10 million if they have over 1000 drivers.

For transport companies that own their own branded cars with employed drivers, the regulation mandates them to pay N5million. However, if their drivers exceed 50, they would be required to pay N10 million.

Drivers on Uber and Bolt platforms have started receiving messages concerning the new regulations. According to the news report, a driver on the Uber platform, Sunday Faleye said the company sent a message for him to update his profile with copies of his hackney permits and LASDRI licenses.

Uber has also reportedly listed “valid Hackney permit” as one of the criteria for enrolling new vehicles on its platform.

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