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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ride hailing companies’ drivers plan strike demanding better fares and service conditions

Some drivers for ride-hailing companies are threatening to strike: Some drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem are reportedly planning a strike from 20-24 February to demand a larger share of fares, a requirement that clients provide more personal data to the companies, and better fares for trips to unpaved neighborhoods. Drivers also want the right to decline up to five trips per day without impacting their rating on the service and the right to know the destination ahead of the trip — and they want the companies to stop using promo-codes, Al Mal reports.

In other words: They want to offer the same service as white cabs, at higher prices?

Inspired a grassroots campaign headlined “let it rust” that calls on people not to purchase new cars, the drivers are calling their strike “Let it go broke.”

Background: The House of Representatives passed the Ride-Hailing Apps Act last year and the executive regulations had been expected by the end of 2018. We reported last month that the latest point of contention sees the industry pushing back against a ‘new’ proposal for a EGP 2-5 per-ride levy.

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