Bolt, Uber, Little Cab drivers are planning a mass switch off in protest against low fares and high commissions charged by the apps.
E-hailing Transporters Kenya, the lobby for the operators, says that the income for the drivers has drastically reduced since fuel prices were hiked on March 14.
A litre of super petrol in Nairobi is currently retailing at Ksh122.81 while diesel and kerosene are retailing at Ksh107.66 and Ksh97.85 per litre respectively.
“We hereby issue 30-day notice to all the defiant apps that we shall be switching off and deleting all those apps at the end of the 30 days,” said the lobby’s secretary-general Wycliffe Alutalala.
Uber charges the drivers a commission of 25 percent of the total fare received while Bolt and Little Cab drivers are charged 20 and 19 percent respectively.
Taxify charges riders Ksh25 a kilometre and Ksh4 per minute on its “lite” option and Ksh35 a kilometre and Ksh5 per minute for regular riders.
Little Cab on the other hand charges its riders a base cost of Ksh270, Ksh55 per kilometer and Ksh4 per minute.