Nairobi – Digital taxi drivers as part of the Digital Taxi Forum (DTF) have taken to the streets to demonstrate the failure of the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Transport to publish in the Official Gazette the Digital Phone Service Regulations (Rules TNC 2022) which had been adopted by the Senate Labor Committee chaired by Senator Johnson Sakaja.
Regulations that had been proposed by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) would, among other things, prohibit operators of digital telephone services from charging a commission of more than 15%.
The protest comes after DTF issued a 7-day notice on February 19 to CS for Transport James Macharia to Gazette the Digital Taxi Regulations. Otherwise, there would be a boycott and disabling of all apps nationwide.
True to their word and following the expiry of the notice, the drivers of digital taxis led by DTF went to the CS office yesterday to protest against this omission.
“The CS snubbed us and refused to address our concerns. For this reason, we will continue to protest every Monday until the CS grants us the hearing,” said one of the DTF members, Fredrick Oduor Omondi.
CS Macharia has yet to issue a statement explaining why it has not released the regulations.
If passed, the regulations would also require international digital taxi companies to establish a subsidiary in Kenya and pay an application fee of 500,000 shillings and an annual renewal fee of 300,000 shillings, as well as prohibit operators of digital email services to charge a commission of more than 15 percent.