Senate wants digital cab companies regulated and taxed

The Senate Committee on Labor and Social Welfare is seeking to have ride-hailing firms operating in Kenya to be regulated and taxed.

The Johnson Sakaja led committee has directed the Interior and Transport ministries to collaborate in formulating regulations targeting the digital cab companies in a bid to also protect interests of drivers.

According to the Senator, lack of regulation is leading to loss of potential revenue for the state at the expense of drivers who earn minimal wages from the business.

The committee has given relevant authorities including the National Transport and Safety Authority together with the digital cab stakeholders a fortnight to formulate regulations that will guide operations within the industry.

The committee has promised to protect the interests of the drivers subscribed to ride-hailing firms to ensure that operating rates are raised.

Drivers in the industry have welcomed the move by the Senate to provide them with the liberty to participate in the formulation of their own regulations and say, they hope for the best and growth of the sub-sector in the country.


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