Just after the protest held by the Uber drivers and drivers of other popular ride-hailing companies against the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS), the Lagos state government has refuted claims of demanding 110,000 naira from Uber drivers for operational license fees.
Frederick Oladeinde, Commissioner of Transportation, said it is totally false and that the Uber operators are only out to make mischief and gain public sympathy rather than telling the public the main reason why some of their vehicles were impounded.
However, after an interview with a VIS official, he stated that the body was only executing an existing law guiding the operations of professional drivers in the state.
He said you need to have what we call operator license, which Uber was supposed to pay to the government and mush have a hackney permit. Uber has no operator license.
Contrary to this claim, the Commissions of Transportation said that the VIS is only ensuring that motorists adhere to the road traffic laws. They have to possess the required documents such as Roadworthiness, Vehicle license, Drivers license, Insurance certificate, Hackney permit and Lagos State Drivers Institute Card (LASDRI).
He added that in regards to this, almost 1,000 vehicles have been impounded across the state for various reasons in the last 3 weeks and about 20 Uber vehicles are among those seized.