No fewer than seven (7) days after the proscription of motorcycles and tricycles in some parts of Lagos, the state government has allegedly made another move that may compound trouble for commuters in the city.

We learnt that the Lagos state government has started clamping down on rideshare companies such as Uber and Bolt by implementing stiff laws for their drivers.

It was further learnt that one of these laws includes commercial vehicle driver including those on the ride-hailing platforms must be certified by the Lagos Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) before they can operate in the state.

According to Pulse Nigeria report, this certification by LASDRI is mandatory for all professional drivers in Lagos and it is to be rectified once in a year.

The law states that all commercial drivers must have hackney permit; a permit for vehicles (commercial or non-commercial vehicle) involved in moving people and goods in the state.

Reacting to the new development, Uber declined to comment but confirmed that there is ongoing talks with the government.

“We cannot at this time speak of any potential or ongoing policy and regulatory conversation with the government” – Efosa Aiyergbomvan.

According to Efosa Aiyerbomvan; the head of communications (Uber West-Africa), he stated that Uber continues to work closely with the lagos state government to ensure that the operations align with the best practices locally and internationally.

Reacting to the development, BOLT also disclosed that “we will also continue to work with the government in ensuring that drivers are able to earn a living whilst riders are also to move from point A to B comfortably and connecting at the touch of a button”.