Uber Drivers marched to the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) to protest against harassment and clampdown on their operation
Ever since the ban on Uber operation in Lagos, the company has been seeking for the government to revoke the ban, but to no avail. They, however, decided to take the matter into their own hands as the government is not giving them a listening hear.
Speaking on the issue, an Uber driver by the name Adegoke Faloye berated the way their protest was handled with such levity, adding that no official of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) said a word to them.
“Uber and Bolt (Taxify) offices were closed. When the drivers got to VIO’s office in Ojodu, none of the officials came out to talk to them,” Faloye said.
It was previously reported that Lagos State Government started to take strict measures on taxi-hailing service, adding that their drivers must possess a hackney permit, Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) certification and that Uber must pay the operator license fee to the state government.
Uber has however distanced itself from the drivers’ protest. The company said the drivers acted on their own accord.
Uber’s Spokesman for West Africa, Efosa Aiyevbomwan, in a statement said the company was not aware of the drivers’ intention to protest against the government. The company also promised in the statement that harassment will cease since it is in touch with the right authorities
The company’s spokesman also added that the company is open to engaging the drivers to understand their concerns and was ready to closely deliberate with all relevant stakeholders in Lagos to ensure that operations align with best practices.