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.”
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.”