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Digital taxi drivers strike begins in protests of poor working conditions and exploitation by Uber and bolt

one of the digital taxi companies in Kenya. Image/courtesy

A national-wide strike by digital taxi drivers for the uber, bolt, and other digital apps has kicked off today. The drivers, protesting low charges imposed on rides by the app companies as they fight to win the few customers is meant to force the companies to listen to their woes as well as push the government to intervene once and for all to resolve the never-ending conflict between the app companies and the Uber drivers and partners.

Last week, this media wrote a story on how https://the-editor.co.ke/agony-for-digital-taxi-drivers-in-kenya-as-bolt-taxi-merges-categories-to-a-more-cheaper-option-for-riders-as-price-wars-persists/ uber and bolt drivers have continuously suffered as the two companies engage in a price war that has only hurt digital cab owners and drivers.

In all this despite constant strikes, the government has been unwilling to intervene, choosing to just sit and watch as foreign companies suck its citizens in loans and other financial agreements that have seen most of them lose their vehicles to auctioneers.

While other countries have chosen to intervene, in some countries drivers of the app being considered employees of the said companies that they ride for, our government has instead chosen to do nothing.

Truth is, the low prices that are charged on riders have done nothing but hurt the drivers and partners. charging a price of Shs. 200 for a 5 km ride does not make any sense to a driver, further considering the heavy traffic in our cities that these drivers are supposed to maneuver to take a client to destination.

It is our hope that the government, the drivers and partners and the app companies will sit down and find a lasting solution.

Meanwhile, this writer’s attempt to order a ride in Ruiru, Roysambu, and Thika via bolt app was unsuccessful, an indicator that most drivers have turned off their apps.

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