Some Uber drivers in Lagos may commence strike on Monday to protest the recent clampdown by the State’s Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS).
Officials of the VIS reportedly said earlier in the week that the enforcement of already existing laws guiding the operations of professional drivers in the state began recently.
“We are going on strike by Monday,” a driver who gave his name as Michael said on Saturday morning. “VIO (Vehicle Inspection Officers) are disturbing us too much these days.”
They said vehicle drivers and those on Uber and other ride-hailing platforms must be certified by the Lagos Drivers’ Institute before they can operate in the State.
Uber drivers, they said, must have hackney permits, as they use their vehicles for commercial purposes. He also said Uber has also not paid an operator license fee to the State government.
Some Uber drivers complained that the enforcement is hampering their operations, adding that they are not aware of the laws until recently.
Those whose cars were impounded were asked to pay a ₦60,000 fine.
Another driver reportedly said he is aware that some of his colleagues will not be working on Monday but he won’t be joining them although he does not have a LASDRI certification as well as hackney permit.
A spokesman for Uber in West Africa, Mr. Efosa Aiyevbomwan, said he was not aware about the drivers’ plan, adding however that Uber is open to engaging with them to understand their concerns.
“We are constantly working to improve their experience to ensure flexibility, increased economic opportunity, and driver support,” Aiyevbomwan said.
He also said the drivers are independent and that they are in control of when they work.
“The vast majority of independent drivers continue to rely on the freedom and flexibility the Uber app provides.”