Uber raises fares in key African markets after driver protests


Uber Applied sciences Inc. has raised fares in Nigeria and Kenya in response to demand by drivers for greater share of commissions to compensate for elevated value of operations.

The ride-hailing agency raised costs on its UberX platform by 13% in Africa’s greatest metropolis, Lagos, and 20% in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, Lorraine Onduru spokesperson for Uber East and West Africa mentioned in response to questions.

In Kenya, it added 15% on its motorcycle-ride and supply providers, whereas riders on low-cost ChapChap can pay extra 3 Kenyan shillings per kilometer.

“We consider that this small enhance will nonetheless make it attainable for riders to entry inexpensive transport while offering higher earnings for driver-partners,” Onduru mentioned. The brand new fares are efficient from Tuesday (11 Could) in Nigeria, in response to an electronic mail despatched to drivers by Uber.

In Ghana, a bunch calling itself Online Drivers Union of Ghana has withdrawn its providers as a part of an indication towards what it described as “modern-day slavery” by ride-hailing firms.

The group whose members work with UberBolt, Yango and First Class, accused the businesses of lowering journey fares regardless of hike in gas costs, which have an effect on their gross sales.

The group on Tuesday marched by some principal streets of Kumasi to drum residence their calls for.

A number of the drivers expressed their frustration in regards to the poor situation of service, including that they won’t name off the strike till their issues are addressed.

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