NAIROBI – Taxi drivers plying their trade through online lift services such as Uber and Taxify took to the streets of Nairobi on Wednesday to protest against declining current fares.
The rise of these fast-growing firms, which also includes Littlecab and Mondo, has led to a reduction in prices, which has affected drivers – many of whom have been on strike since Sept. 11.
Currently, taxi fares for the average user sit at 60 Kenyan shillings ($0.59) per kilometer (0.6 miles) and the Digital Taxi Association of Kenya said it would not accept any further cuts in the tariff.
Uber confirmed that it was working hard to study how drivers could earn more money.
Following recent protests, Uber was forced to increase its fares by some 20 percent, having cut them by 35 Kenyan shillings per km.
Taxi drivers using online life services face growing pressure and even physical attacks from those with the traditional, private taxi licenses.