Stop Harassing Uber, Bolt and Other Cab Hailing Drivers - NUPED Tells LASG
By Olamide Fadoju
The National Union of Professional E-hailing Drivers (NUPED) Lagos, an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has appealed to the state government to stop the harassment of E-hailing drivers over their inability to provide an operational license.
NUPED, representative, King Solomon, speaking in an interview with Nigeria Info FM says the E-hailing companies like Bolt and Uber should be asked to provide such licenses and not the drivers.
“We have told them (Lagos State Government) that if they feel that the app providers are defaulting, they should go after them. They should invite them over for a meeting and if they default they can go their office and get their office locked.”
Solomon complained that drivers have been continuously harassed by the Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) despite having every other document in place.
According to him, the VIS impound cars of drivers who do not have the license and it has made it difficult for them to operate.
“The Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) have made it so difficult we have been at home for all this while. We cannot be on the road. If you are on the road, if you are being caught even after paying the stipulated amount they charge you, they will still impound your car asking you to go provide the operational license.”
We have told them that if they feel that the app providers are defaulting, they should go after them. They invite them over for a meeting and if they default they can go to their office and get their office locked
In the same vein President, NUPED, Ayo Ibrahim also criticized the government for its refusal to adhere to standard practice and hold the car-hailing companies responsible.
“There is a gateway between Lagos State and Uber, if advanced countries can pin down Uber to pay the necessary money, I don’t know why we can’t do the same in our country and collect the money.
“That’s why the law needs to be changed, how can you say a company did not pay and you are holding down the driver,” he said.