ABN - Ride-sharing taxi company Uber has increased its fare prices by 20% across its Kenyan operations, following strikes from its drivers.
Kenyan Uber drivers recently undertook fierce protestations in response to the firm’s move to cut fares to 35 shillings per kilometre last year, arguing the lower fares made their service uneconomical.
Uber employees have staged regular strikes and protests across capital city Nairobi in recent weeks, which have been recognised by the company in its decision to increase fare prices.
Fare prices will rise to 42 shillings per kilometre, seven shillings higher than the metre price set by the company after it descended into a price war with a local rival backed by Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom.
“We believe driver-partners will earn more as a result of these changes and that riders will continue to enjoy access to a safe, affordable and reliable service”, said Uber in a company statement.
Uber currently operates in four African countries: Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.