The Professional E-Hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association (PEDPA) Lagos State chapter on Tuesday said it was partnering with two indigenous App companies for its ride-sharing service.
Mr Idris Shonuga, National President of PEDPA, told newsmen that it had partnered with Active Ride and My Cab App companies as replacements for Uber and Bolt. He noted that the need to provide a good welfare package for E-hailing riders in Nigeria prompted the move.
Shonuga said that both drivers and riders endured difficulties in the e-hailing industry due to lack of mutual written agreement between the owners of the cars and the foreign app companies.
“As against the 20 per cent commission by the team giant App companies, Active Ride is charging 15 per cent commission on each trip.
“And out of the 15 per cent, five per cent is dropped into the driver’s cooperative wallet and can be accessed for a quick fix.
“This means that with the 10 per cent commission taken by Active Ride, drivers can now earn more and even save.
“They can now have a good maintenance routine which in turn translate to better customer service delivery,” PEDPA said.
According to him, the new locally developed ride sharing app would allow riders to be properly profiled as they would input their photographs at the point of registration which in turn will be displayed for riders to see.
“This will improve the safety and security of both riders and drivers,” he said, even as he calls for a review of welfare packages for E-hailing riders in Nigeria to meet up with current economic realities.
He noted that the indigenous ride sharing App companies will boost riders’ confidence through satisfactory service delivery, and also help with Nigeria’s GDP.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the briefing, Managing Director, Active Ride, Mr Ajayi Ayodeji, said proper profiling of drivers would help curtail insecurity in the industry,
Ayodeji said that the reduced commission of 15 per cent “means that drivers can now earn more and even save.
“They can now have a good maintenance routine which in turn translate to better customer service delivery,” he said.