Uber, the ride-hailing firm, has requested Kenya’s Supreme Court to allow it to settle the dispute with Kenya drivers out of Court.
The dispute revolves around Uber slashing fares by more than 50%.
This legal tussle comes against the recent exit of the taxi-hailing firm from Tanzania after hitting a dispute with the transport authority there.
In an application, the taxi-hailing firm has sought to be allowed to resolve the dispute through channels spelt in their contracts with drivers and also exhaust all other available mechanisms set up to sort out such disputes.
Uber taxi hailing firm dispute with Kenyan drivers
Kenyan drivers and a local taxi firm sued the taxi-hailing firm in 2016 after it cut fares by almost 50% to fend off competition from Bolt, its closest rival.
The litigants said slashing fares threatened their pay and were a breach of contract, while Uber insisted that it reserves the right to review the fares.
The cab-hailing firm argues that the drivers filed the case contrary to contracts signed by the plaintiffs.
In an application lodged on May 4th 2022, Uber said the dispute should have been referred to arbitration.
According to the contract with the taxi-hailing firm, there is a clause that requires that any conflict, controversy or dispute shall first be heard through mediation proceedings while the place for arbitration shall be in Amsterdam, the Netherland-reads this clause in part.
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