General Secretary of the Lagos State Taxi Drivers and Cab Operators Association, popularly known as Yellow Taxis or traditional taxis, Mr Taiwo Omolekan, tells GBENRO ADEOYE about the challenges being faced by the members of the association with the advent of e-cab hailing services like Uber and Bolt
What has been your experience since the advent of e-cab hailing services like Uber and Bolt in Lagos?
We have not been finding it easy at all. When they came in, we thought that they would also be made to pass through the process we passed through to get a franchise. We thought they would be given certificates and that colours would be allocated to them.
If you look at the Lagos State Traffic Law, it is stated clearly that anyone that wants to operate taxi service must obtain franchise certificate. After you must have done that, a distinctive colour will be allocated to you. During the administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola, about nine franchisees were licenced, including the Lagos State Taxi Drivers and Cab Operators Association (Yellow Taxis).
I know many of you will say that the easiest thing will be for the men to have a smart phone, have data, have a car and then join the rest, but then again we fail to understand that these men might see tehs ethings as a luxury. They initially only wanted to just drive people to their destinations and make money, but now more is required and that is phasing them away from the taxi sphere. So it is just sad and rendering them insignificant in the working world.