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Lagosians Bemoan New Guidelines For Uber, Bolt, Others

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Tobi Adebayo 

Social media users have berated the Lagos State Government over the proposed guidelines for ride-hailing companies in the state.

According to reports, the guidelines will take effect from August 20, 2020.

The guidelines read in part: “Service entities in the city with less than 1,000 drivers are expected to pay a ₦10 million ($27,341) licence fee, while those with more than 1,000 drivers are to pay ₦25 million ($54,682).

“Subsequent renewals are pegged at ₦10 million ($27,341) for those with more than 1,000 drivers and ₦5 million ($13,670) for those with less.

“Taxi and App Operators with 50 cabs or less are expected to pay a ₦5 million ($13,670) licence fee, while those with more than 50 cabs are to pay ₦10 million ($27,341). The former will pay an annual renewal of ₦1.5 million (~$3,870), while the latter will renew at ₦3 million ($7,700).

“All Operators of e-Hailing Taxi Services must pay the State Government 10% service tax on each transaction paid by the passengers to the operators.

“They must commence the renewal process 3 (three) months before the expiration of the existing licence

“All operators of e-hailing taxi services must give the Ministry access to their database

“The Lagos State Government states that all taxicabs must undergo a thorough inspection according to the State’s Road Traffic Law and under a special Taxicab inspection protocol. A vehicle must meet the following conditions:

“It must be brand new. Where the vehicle is not new, the vehicle must be within the first three (3) years of its manufacture as specified by the manufacturer.”

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Reacting to the development, a Twitter user, @aproko_doctor tweeted: “Lagos state will ask Uber and Bolt to get new cars or cars less than 3 years old and still allow Danfo buses that are over 35 years old on the roads. Make it make sense.”

@MrsLouis tweeted: “When govt want to kill a particular business they usually start with senseless policy”

@ShehunAdeola tweeted: “Lmao if I buy a brand new Corolla at N15m for Uber, it will take me 7 years and 2 months to get my money back. Minus depreciation, maintenance, repairs and insurance. Before I get my money back, the car would have become obsolete by the new Lagos State laws.”

@saunkeys tweeted: “I was told by a very reliable source that Lagos state government is starting its own cab service through proxy . Why do we keep killing businesses , people come up with ideas & you either steal it or try to force them out of business with bogus taxes.”

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