Kenya’s digital taxi app Little has complied with the new government regulations. The company is the first among many digital taxi operators to comply with new regulations as required by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and has been awarded the Transport Network Licence Certificate by the authority.
The new NTSA rules require among other requirements include valid tax compliance issued by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), a certificate of incorporation, policy, and procedure for activating and deactivating subscription services among others.
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) also published regulations to cap commissions charged by digital taxi operators in the country on drivers at 18 per cent per trip.
“We have 100 per cent complied with the new regulations and we are the first ride-hailing app in Kenya to receive the Transport Network Licence Certificate from NTSA,” said the company in a statement to media houses
“Initially we had been charging a higher commission which was still the lowest in the industry compared to other app companies, we have since reviewed it down to 18 per cent in compliance with the new laws,” Little said.
“We benefit from the new laws in terms of ensuring drivers on our platform earn a decent income which will enable them to meet their daily livelihood needs and in return lead to us offering top-notch services with guaranteed comfort, convenience, and reliability,” the company said.
The ride-hailing company which began its operations five years ago considers drivers on its platform as partners in Little success. Since its inception, it has built its services with the welfare of drivers in mind resulting in tremendous loyalty.
Aware of risks such as insecurity and the high cost of living in the country, the company with similar operations in key cities across Africa such as Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Senegal has taken care of its drivers through SOS feature on the app.
Through partnerships with oil marketers such as Ola and Haas, drivers on the app also benefit from lucrative fuel discounts.
Mid these years, little announced a partnership with Britam offering insurance and investment products with the aim of helping self-employed individuals to improve their financial welfare.