Nairobi News


YEGO taxi launched in Mombasa, commits to drivers’ welfare

New taxi-hailing firm YEGO Mobility this week launched its services in Mombasa and promised to commit to improving divers’ welfare.

The firm has been operating in Nairobi, where it has registered over 15,000 drivers and served more than 75,000 passengers, after its official launch last month.

“We aim to liberate drivers from the chains of the gig economy. We’re putting control back in the hands of drivers… Our low-friction approach ensures fairness to both drivers and passengers, promising sustainability for decades to come,” CEO Karanvir Singh said.

“Other Apps pay Drivers on a weekly basis and charge an early withdrawal fee from drivers who struggle with a hand-to-mouth existence. Being a double bottom line company and Kusema na Kutenda, YEGO pays drivers instantly after every ride and without any surcharge. We are clear on why we have entered this market.”

YEGO is also championing passenger experience with innovative features christened Pair Ride, which simplifies passenger pick-ups in Kenya.

“The future of Kenya’s transport lies in the balance between the wellbeing of our drivers and the safety of our passengers. Our launch in Mombasa is a significant stride in this direction,” Singh states

The firm which has its footprints in Rwanda charges 12% commission to drivers compared to industry regulation of a maximum of 18%

Last month the National Transport and Safety Authority-NTSA licensed nine more online taxi-hailing companies to operate in Kenya bringing a total to 14 from the initial 5 which included Little, Uber, Bolt, YEGO and Farasi.

The new licensed companies include ANisa Taxi, Hava Net, H Cab, PTG, TMNK, Amicable Travel Service, Maramoja, Move On Telecoms and J-Ride.