Uber drivers hike fares, go on strike but startup stays course

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Many Uber drivers partners have more than doubled fares for their passengers while some are on strike demanding higher rates from their customers.

An Uber user Sunday complained of being charged Sh850 for a distance that she normally pays Sh250 adding that there was traffic jam.

Despite a wave of international protests by Uber drivers in most parts of the world over fare cuts, Uber Kenya still went a ahead to announced a 35% price cut to ward off fierce competition.

Uber Kenya ,manager Nate Anderson however reiterated that the companies experience overseas makes it possible to implement the price cuts. The manager said the move is intended to make vehicle owners ditch their cars for Uber.

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The driver partners want Uber to start charging passengers the moment a cab is hailed as they use their fuel looking for the passengers. They also want Uber to reduce its commissions per ride from 25 percent of the ride to 10 percent.

Just recently, Uber driver partners were barred from ferrying passengers to and from the airport by the Kenya Airports Authority pending review by the Competition Authority of Kenya.

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The Kenyan Uber Driver Partners strike follows a similar strike by both Uber India and Ola Cabs India last week claiming they were not making any money on their rides. Over to you Uber!

The American startup although said it was ready to make adjustments if the new changes lead to losses on the part of the drivers. Fuel prices this month rose by more the Sh4 lifting costs and cutting profits for transport businesses.

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