in deference to the agitation by the Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association (PEDPA) for an increase in the fares charged by operators, e-riding giant, Uber has announced an increase in the rate of its economy option (UberX) by 13% in Lagos from May 11, 2021.
This was disclosed via e-mail sent to its drivers to educate them on the motive behind the hike.
It stated, “At Uber, we remain committed to providing a reliable earning opportunity for driver-partners, as well as a reliable and affordable service for riders. With this in mind, starting 11th May 2021, we are increasing prices on UberX by about 13%.”
The new billing structure will affect both peak and off-peak periods. It also reflects a time-based pricing that enables drivers to earn more at certain periods during the day.
Fedredsnews had reported in April that PEDPA threatened to go on an indefinite strike if the management of Uber and Bolt, the two major players in the e-cab business, fail to authorise an increase in fares paid by passengers.
The association cited an increase in the price of fuel, vehicle spare parts, food items and other essential commodities as the basis for their demand.
“Instead of fixing a new and reasonable fare in line with inflation, the companies have recklessly continued to maintain the low fare, thereby, impoverishing hard-working young Nigerians who are diligently and lawfully trying to make a decent living,” Mr Shonuga, president of PEDPA said at the time.
The e-cab operators also demanded adequate welfare package for drivers and compensation to the families of those that lost their lives or are permanently disabled in the line of duty,