Apparently, the Lagos state government is not done with cutting down our options for transportation in this awfully congested city
It’s somewhat bothering that all of these policies are being implemented so rapidly with little or no consideration for alternative means of commuting for residents. The initial restriction which came into effect on February 1, met with great disapproval from workers, traders, students, and residents who found it a lot more difficult to make their way around the city and get to their desired destinations on time, due to the ‘Okada’ ban.
Many affected residents took to their social media pages to express their frustrations and clearly, all of their lamentations have fallen onto deaf ears, as Lagos state government beams its torch of scrutiny at yet another transport mode, this time – Uber.
In an interview with an Uber driver, Moses Ndubisi, he said “My car was impounded last week and I was asked to pay N60,000 into the government’s account before it could be released to me,” according to gathered information Ndubisi is not the only Uber driver whose car was impounded.
The Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service has said that commercial vehicles, as well as other ride-hailing services including Uber, would be prohibited from traveling on Lagos roads without a certification from the Lagos Drivers’ Institute.
According to the institute, drivers on ride-hailing platforms must have hackney permits. This means they have to change their vehicle registration to commercial.
An official of the Vehicle Inspection Service, also reported, that Uber has failed to pay for an operator license fee to the state government.
Following this incident, a message was allegedly sent to uber drivers saying that the Lagos Greenlight Hub would be closed on January 31. The message said support for drivers would be rendered via t.uber.com/westafricachat or the app.
However, Uber’s head of communications in West Africa Efosa Aiyevbomwan said in an emailed statement that the Nigerian office was reopened on Tuesday.
Aiyevbomwan said, “Uber continues to work closely with all relevant stakeholders in Lagos to ensure that our operations align with best practices locally and internationally, whilst also ensuring that drivers continue to earn a living.