(The Magazine Plus Editorial): – Mombasa, Coast October 11, 2022 (Issuewire.com) – Kenyan taxi drivers form national association to look after their welfare
Taxi drivers in Kenya have come together to form a national association which brings together all of Kenya’s 47 counties. The association named Mobile Taxi Association of Kenya (MTAK) will bring together taxi drivers, TukTuk drivers as well as BodaBoda users.
The Acting President of Mobile Taxi Association of Kenya, Mr. Samuel Ogutu, who is also the President of the Mombasa BodaBoda Association, said the drivers have come together to give themselves a collective voice for positive change in their industry by effectively engaging the government. .
The association has already set up county committees and representatives for over 10 counties including Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Kwale, Kilifi, Uasin Gishu, Kaimbu and others. They expect all county committees to be inaugurated within the next 30 days, followed by a national conference at a later date to be announced soon.
“For too long, taxi drivers in Kenya have not had a strong voice to speak out on regulations and policies that affect their livelihoods,” Mr Ogutu said. “This association will give them the strong voice they need and deserve.”
The leadership of the Mobile Taxi Association also praised the government for issuing the Transport Regulations which govern the taxi industry. They called on the government, through the NTSA, to ensure that the implementation of the regulations is done in consultation and with the participation of industry stakeholders.
David Mwangi, who is the secretary of the association, said everyone has the right to do business in Kenya but what the drivers want is a level playing field between different mobile taxi apps to allow taxi drivers to compete fairly. “We just want to provide good services to our customers and earn a fair income,” Mr. Mwangi said.
MTAK management recognizes that taxi driver issues are not limited to mobile applications and has therefore engaged various partners to discuss initiatives that will benefit taxi drivers. “We want to put money in the pockets of our members who are taxi drivers,” said Mr. Benjamin Juma, treasurer and representative of TukTuk drivers.
Taxi drivers interested in joining the Mobile Taxi Association (MTAK) are advised to check more details on the association’s website. www.mobiletaxi.org
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