Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Dr Frederick Oladeinde, hinted that the state government has reversed the plan to impose 10 per cent service charge on every trip made through e-hailing platforms like Uber and Bolt, just as the commencement date for the implementation of the levies to be imposed on the operators was moved by a week to August 27, 2020.
Oladeinde also said the state government has reached an agreement with operators to now charge N20 per trip instead of 20 per cent of the charges for each trip. He stated that the N20 per trip charges would be housed under the Road Improvement Fund.
Oladeinde said this understanding was arrived at after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, along with some executive council members held a meeting with e-hailing operators.
Oladeinde, who listed other agreements reached to include 20 per cent reduction in the operating and renewal license fees, aside drivers completing their documentation within the next 90 days, added that the documents the drivers should acquire include the Lagos State Registration Agency card, drivers’ license, among others.
He said drivers who failed to comply would be banned from operating, among other, penalties.
He further said that a one-stop-shop had been created to ensure that the drivers got all the required documents easily.
Oladeinde disclosed that it was also agreed that the operators should take comprehensive insurance for each vehicle, while the driver takes third party insurance.
He also said the operators had been told to do a background check on each driver, which the state government hopes would promote safety.
The Commissioner said the operators were also mandated to provide data about each trip made on their platforms every week, stating that the data would help the government to plan better on areas it should deploy resources.
Also at the event, the Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho, said there was no strain in the relationship between the state government and the operators. He said steps taken by the state government were aimed at providing a good environment for businesses to thrive aside promoting the safety and security of residents and commuters.
He said the regulation was not about imposing taxes but safety.
The President of Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association, Idris Shonuga, implored e-hailing drivers to comply with the state government directives, as well as commended the state government for helping to resolves all the grey areas.