The 10% service charge on all rides has also been removed. In its place, the government will charge a flat fee of ₦20 on every ride as part of a “road improvement fund.”
“We’re trying to get drivers to care about their daily earnings. Within the first three months, we had twenty drivers that earned ₦4.4 million ($11,335),” Babajide Duroshola told TechCabal
Last week, the Minister of Communication and Digital economy suspended new licencing fees for logistics companies in Lagos. But there are even bigger problems with Nigeria’s new regulations for the logistics sector.
There’s a lockdown in three states in Nigeria and the mobility sector is already feeling it.
Uber has suspended operations and in Ibadan, Safeboda is scaling back marketing efforts
The city of Ibadan is where MAX, ORide and Safeboda are turning their attention to. While ORide launched in Ibadan in July 2019, SafeBoda and MAX.ng have now launched within one week of each other.
The bike hailing innovation is not unique to Lagos. The service originated from Southeast Asia, an emerging market that shares many characteristics with Lagos and Nigeria. In this region, bike hailing faces similar regulatory challenges. But things are more progressive.