Uber, Bolt drivers in Coast to switch to local Apps

Coast Uber and Bolt drivers will be switching to local apps./COURTESY

Coast residents used to international apps like Uber and Bolt for transport will soon have to seek other means or download other apps to use.

Digital taxi drivers in the region have threatened to switch off foreigner’s Apps after they failed to accede to their demands.

Speaking to Baraka FM, Coast region Cab Association Chairperson Wilberforce Malingi said that 750 digital drivers in Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi Counties have agreed to switch off Uber and Bolt tomorrow (Tuesday).

Malingi confirmed that the digital taxi drivers have agreed to off foreign Apps and move to local Apps.   

“We request cab users within Coast to download local Apps to avoid inconvenience since they will not be available,” said Malingi.

According to the digital taxi drivers within the Coast region, foreign apps owners have lowered rates thus affecting their operation.

Emmanuel Macharia a digital tax driver has said that sometimes has been forced to go home with sh.500 despite working for 13 hours.

“Foreigner apps have been treating us like a third party despite us being a major stakeholder in the sector, our colleagues have been removed from the Apps without a fair hearing,” said Macharia.

Macharia said that he will be switching off all foreigner apps after they agreed and use local Apps since they are owned by people within and can sit down and discuss issues affecting them.

Uber and Bolt have been operating in Mombasa since 2015.