The Sekondi-Takoradi branch of the Ghana Online Drivers Association (GODA) is urging the Ride Hailing-Apps Service providers to reduce their commission charges per trip on online drivers.
According to them, Ride Hailing-Apps Service providers reducing their percentage on charges won’t affect both of them as partners. “You won’t make loses if fares reduce to 5% per trip”, they stated.
They said the Ride-Hailing Apps Service providers charge as high as 20 per cent on commission from the online drivers on each trip they make using their platform.
The Sekondi-Takoradi Online Drivers made this known to the media today when over 100 drivers of the ride-hailing services in the Western Region today March 21, 2022, embarked on a sit-down strike to protest the unfair treatment being meted out to them by their partners.
The National Public Relations Officer (PRO) for GODA who also doubles as a Member of the Finance Committee in the Western Region, Mr Albert Bentum, said they were not looking for huge numbers because the services they offer was unique.
Mr Bentum told Kantanka TV in an interview that their demonstration in Sekondi-Takoradi was based on high commission, fares, and security among others.
He added that the online drivers including Bolt, Uber, Black Ride, and other ride-hailing services face many challenges even though they buy their cars, fuel, data, spare parts, call credit and undertake maintenance on the car making them unable to make enough revenue.
He used the occasion to urge other drivers who were yet to be enrolled onto the platform of GODA to join since there was strength in numbers.
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer for the Online Drivers in the Western Region, Mr Kojo Williams also told the Kantanka TV correspondent that the members were hoping to receive a positive outcome from the strike and looking forward to negotiations between them and the ride-hailing companies.