NAIROBI, Kenya — According to Kenya’s transport ministry and groups representing drivers working for taxi hailing firms in the East African country signed a deal on Wednesday that will give drivers higher pay and better working conditions.
Kenya which is Uber’s second-largest market in sub-Saharan Africa, after South Africa — competes against its global rival Taxify, which has gained popularity in Nairobi in the past year and a half but does not disclose numbers of active riders and users.
“All that we were looking for, we have been given. All the drivers are now happy. And everybody will now go to work,” David Muteru, chairman of Digital Taxi Association of Kenya, representing more than 2,000 ride hailing taxi drivers, said after the signing of the agreement.
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Under the new deal, the association will cushion drivers in the event of falling fares arising from discounts companies offer to passengers, provide security during trips in case of emergencies, while the taxis will have to inspected by the government transport and safety authority.
Under the new deal, the rate would go up to 33 shillings per km, with 25 percent going to Uber, he added.