Nigerian Bolt drivers demand for NIN verification of passengers


Ride-hailing drivers in Nigeria are calling for stronger safety measures.

Nigerian Bolt drivers demand for NIN verification of passengers
Image source: AUATON

On October 10, 2023, three Bolt drivers were shot dead by car snatchers in Port Harcourt and Abuja, Nigeria. The drivers, Emmanuel Daniel, Roland Asuru, and a mechanic named John Okon, were fatally shot in Port Harcourt, while Kelvin Oga, another driver, met a similar fate in Abuja.

Following these horrific events, e-hailing drivers protested the killings and the Nigerian police launched an investigation into the matter. 

Now, the Amalgamated Union of App-based Transporters of Nigeria (AUATON), are calling on e-hailing companies like Uber and Bolt to implement the use of National Identification Numbers (NIN) to verify passengers, for enhanced driver safety.

What is Bolt doing about this? 

In a statement seen by TechNext, Bolt assured its ongoing cooperation with the police investigation and stated its commitment to keeping the public informed as more information becomes available. 

Bolt also highlighted its existing safety measures, which include driver and rider trip-sharing, an SOS emergency button for seeking immediate help, rider and driver rating systems, and insurance coverage for injuries or damage during trips.

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