The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has approved only four taxi companies to operate in the country following calls for fresh registration.
In a statement issued on Monday, 31st October, NTSA Director General George Njao announced that only Uber, Bolt, Yego and Little Cabs are allowed to operate in Kenya.
“In carrying outs its mandate and in line with the requirements of the NTSA Transport Network Companies (TNC), Drivers and Passenger Rules, 2022, the following companies are licenced to operate as Transport Network Companies,” the statement read in part.
Among the requirements for approval for the taxi-hailing companies was to have a physical address in the country as well as a functional contact number, all of which were published in the notice.
As of 26th October, only six applications had been made.
“The Authority has so far received six applications and they are all at the validation stage prior to licensing of successful applicants,” Njao said in the statement then.
The new registration follows the passage of the Transit Network Companies (TNC) Driver and Passenger Regulations Act, which came into effect in June.
All companies seeking re-registration were required to demonstrate tax compliance and had to be duly registered with the Data Commissioner as data controllers or data processors.
Operators have until 30th November to comply with reforms in the industry.