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Committee formed to deliberate on Uber, taxi wars

08 February 2016, 20:59

Nairobi - The government has formed a team to create rules that will govern online taxi operations following the ongoing stalemate between Uber and rival cabs in Kenya.

The directive, according to The Standard, the directive was issued after a meeting convened by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho that brought together Kenya Taxi Cab Association officials, Uber, top security and Transport Ministry officials

The team led by Competition Authority of Kenya Director General Wang’ombe Kariuki has been given two weeks to send a report to the ministry.

The stakeholders committee will comprise the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), Nairobi County Government, Kenya Investments Authority, KEPSA and representatives of registered taxi business organisations.

Read alsoGovernment meets taxi drivers, Uber

Capital News further reported that the committee’s report will incorporate the drafting of laws to govern online taxi operations. Presently the County Government is in the process of deliberating the Nairobi County Taxi Cabs Bill (2015).

Kibicho and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet warned that anyone disrupting Uber taxi operations will face the full force of the law.

“Let me make it very clear that any person engaged in acts of lawlessness will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law. We have an established mechanism of resolving disputes, and lawlessness is not one of them,” Kibicho said.

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