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Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by dre11(m): 4:34pm On Feb 08
Some Uber drivers in Nigeria’s commercial capital may go on strike on Monday to protest the recent clampdown by the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Services.

Two officials of the VIS told The Guardian earlier in the week that the enforcement of already existing laws guiding the operations of professional drivers in the state began recently.

“We are going on strike by Monday,” a driver who gave his name as Michael said on Saturday morning. “VIO (Vehicle Inspection Officers) are disturbing us too much these days.”

One of the VIS officials said commercial vehicle drivers and those on Uber and other ride-hailing platforms must be certified by the Lagos Drivers’ Institute before they can operate in the state.

Uber drivers, he said, must have hackney permits since they use their vehicles for commercial purposes. He also said Uber has also not paid an operator license fee to the state government.

Three Uber drivers told The Guardian on Saturday that the enforcement is hampering their operations and that they were not aware of the laws until recently.

Those whose cars were impounded were asked to pay a ₦60,000 fine.

Another driver, Taiwo, said he was aware that some of his colleagues will not be working on Monday but told The Guardian he won’t be joining them although he does not have a LASDRI certification and a hackney permit.

A spokesman for Uber in West Africa Efosa Aiyevbomwan said he was not aware drivers on the ride-hailing platform planned to go on strike but said Uber was open to engaging with drivers to understand their concerns.

“We are constantly working to improve their experience to ensure flexibility, increased economic opportunity, and driver support,” Aiyevbomwan said in an emailed statement.

He also said the drivers are independent and that they are in control of when they work.

“The vast majority of independent drivers continue to rely on the freedom and flexibility the Uber app provides.”

Riding the trouble?

Violet Johnson was on her way to work when the car in which she was travelling was stopped at Anthony Village by VIS officials.

As the Uber driver had no hackney permit and LASDRI license, his driver’s license was seized and was only allowed to complete the trip after a 20-minute delay.

“The officials told him since he was on a trip and the destination was not far off, he should drop me off and come back to sort things out,” Johnson said.

Despite the trouble, her loyalty still lies with Uber.

Months before Lagos started clamping down on Uber drivers that are not compliant with its laws, London dealt a big blow to the ride-hailing giant.

Citing safety and security concerns last November, Transport for London (TfL) declined to renew Uber’s license. Over 50,000 drivers were affected. Uber said the decision was wrong and it will appeal.

But one of the VIS officials who spoke to The Guardian said the government was not interested in impounding vehicles.

“We are not after impounding anybody’s vehicle. We want everybody to feel comfortable doing business in Lagos,” he said.

Aiyevbomwan said in an earlier email that Uber was ready to work “closely with all relevant stakeholders in Lagos to ensure that our operations align with best practices.”

He doubled down on that position on Saturday.

“Drivers are important to us and there are a number of ways they can speak to Uber about their individual concerns,” he said.

https://m.guardian.ng/news/some-uber-drivers-in-lagos-may-go-on-strike-on-monday/

Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by meum: 5:28pm On Feb 08
Wetin na
Ease of doing business indeed. Mtchew!

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by bigdammyj: 5:28pm On Feb 08
Another Whala!!!

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by ecowas: 5:28pm On Feb 08
FTC
Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by YorubaKinging: 5:28pm On Feb 08
Lagosians never see anything

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by Jestin: 5:28pm On Feb 08
Nothing in Nigeria is working

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by Liliyann(f): 5:29pm On Feb 08
Every time Lagos undecided
Last I check, Lagos is not the only city! In fact, there are better city than Lagos...why are people rushing to Lagos? Is their destined tied to Lagos??

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by cRobo: 5:29pm On Feb 08
While America provide means for Nigerians to survive

Nigeria govt always kill their initiative

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by QuiverBox(f): 5:29pm On Feb 08
RELOCATE FROM LAGOS OHH.


LAGOSIANS WILL NOW THE REAL MEANING OF SUFFER ON MONDAY!!!

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by Sandydayziz(f): 5:29pm On Feb 08
Lagos nd over population undecided problem

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by TissuePaper: 5:29pm On Feb 08
Dammmmn Nigggaaar

I don't support this VIO shit, I get three cars for road wey I dey use do Uber

Abeg make una free us real niggars

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by Jeromejnr(m): 5:29pm On Feb 08
YorubaKinging:
Lagosians never see anything

And they are too docile that's the problem.

They accept any rubbish, suffering and smiling like there is nothing they can do about it.

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by DearDealz: 5:29pm On Feb 08
Ok
Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by blessochampion(m): 5:29pm On Feb 08
It is evident that nothing will work for anybody in Lagos anymore, except the politicians.

People will start going to Ibadan.

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by philip0906(m): 5:29pm On Feb 08
Sanwo Olu is finally proving to be the drug addict the erstwhile governor accused him of.

Like his seniors at the federal level, he is proving to be a clueless, senile and unfortunate human. The saddest part of this whole thing is, his godfather, has Lagos by the balls and come next election, as long as he gets the nod of his godfather, thousands of senseless Lagosians would still queue up to vote him.

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by seniormallam(m): 5:30pm On Feb 08
Instead of people in Lagos to cry to bourdillon street.........they are busy disturbing innocent Sanwo-olu, why are they pretending as if they don't know ?

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by Kekereekun123: 5:30pm On Feb 08
By the time buhari and his boys finish with ehn ehn
Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by deebrain(m): 5:30pm On Feb 08
Uber has it's standards and they are to a good extent, fair.

Government especially in Lagos state, is trying to get involved in everything within it's jurisdiction. They should understand that these alternatives are mostly for flexibility, pricing concerns and self employment. There should be a state of leniency. It is a global initiative with its standards (government should be seen as a watchdog) unless we want to get back to the stage where the yellow and black cabs dominated the whole thing.

Government apparently wants to gain control of every self employment effort made by it's citizens. And they will later take credit for the initiative.

Very soon, Pilate might start asking for tax per percentage of tickets you win on sport betting.

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by mojeed4(m): 5:30pm On Feb 08
What manner of fuckerry is this bayii

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by Osyxcel(m): 5:31pm On Feb 08
Those vehicles are privately owned na.

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by dgbanj: 5:31pm On Feb 08
Brand new 4 bedroom duplex at crown estate for sale
Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by Enoch07(m): 5:31pm On Feb 08
Lagos again!!! Lagos news don dey tire me

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by ChristineC: 5:31pm On Feb 08
grin grin
Lagos State of Nigeria residents without personal cars, behold your government undecided

Riders should occupy the front seat with the driver if it's just one passenger and driver's should hide their apps, there's nothing else to prove the car is on Uber platform when stopped.

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by IprintMONEY: 5:31pm On Feb 08
but an uber cant be differentiated from a normal car na

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by OlujobaSamuel: 5:32pm On Feb 08
How dem know sey d driver na Uber ?

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by DearDealz: 5:32pm On Feb 08
They voted apc

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Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by wilemer: 5:33pm On Feb 08
dre11:


One of the VIS officials said commercial vehicle drivers and those on Uber and other ride-hailing platforms must be certified by the Lagos Drivers’ Institute before they can operate in the state.

Uber drivers, he said, must have hackney permits since they use their vehicles for commercial purposes. He also said Uber has also not paid an operator license fee to the state government.

Three Uber drivers told The Guardian on Saturday that the enforcement is hampering their operations and that they were not aware of the laws until recently.

Those whose cars were impounded were asked to pay a ₦60,000 fine.

Another driver, Taiwo, said he was aware that some of his colleagues will not be working on Monday but told The Guardian he won’t be joining them although he does not have a LASDRI certification and a hackney permit.



Dear Uber, This is Nigeria
Re: Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown by Roon9(m): 5:33pm On Feb 08
Cool! Those VIO guys act like demonic agents. Total shut down

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