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