By Tesfaye Getnet

No decision was reached after a closed door meeting at the mayor’s office to decide the fate of Ride Taxi Service. Eng. Takele Uma, Vice
Mayor of Addis Ababa and DawitZeleke, the newly appointed General Manager of the Addis Ababa Transport Authority failed to reach an
agreement in the three hour meeting between themselves and AbdulfetahYossuf, Trade Bureau Head and SamrawitFikru, owner of Hybrid
Design who produced the technology app for the Ride Taxi drivers and passengers.
Sources close to the issue told Capital that Both Dawit and Samrawit presented their case concerning the ride taxis to the vice mayor.
Dawit said the Ride Taxis are providing the same service as blue and yellow taxis and therefore should be subject to the same regulations.
Samrawit countered that the technology app is a service for the cars, which are not the same as other taxies because the app serves as a go-
between for independent contractors, (drivers) and those seeking service (passengers). She pointed out that this is being frequently done in
other countries.
She went on to say that the cars have rental licenses and pay between 12,000 and 30,000 birr in income tax to the government and that her
company has a license both for the technology and the commission of services that the ‘taxies’ provide.
The Vice Mayor expressed that the Ride Taxies are doing a good thing because they are linking customers who need the service with drivers
who want to work and it would be better for both parties to come closer and understand each other.
However, according to sources the Transportation Bureau was not convinced and plans to sue Ride.
The Vice Mayor asked Samrawit and Dawit to give a press conference together but the Transportation Bureau Head did not want to.
AbdulfetahYossuf stated his opinion that as long as Ride is paying the necessary tax they are not violating the business law.
Recently, Capital reported that a 1,000 member taxi association made up of ‘code 3’ vehicles is suing the Addis Ababa Transport Authority
(AATA), arguing that they have the legal right to provide transportation services.
Drivers of these vehicles, which are often Toyota models Vitz, Corolla or Yaris, work as independent contractors for the RIDE application
service which is similar to Uber in that customers use either an application on their phone or contact a call center to obtain meter taxi
services and the drivers use the application to make themselves available for work. (Capital Ethiopia)