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PassApp drivers protest plan to cut fares

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Nearly 200 PassApp drivers held a second day of protests. KT/ Pann Rachana

Nearly 200 PassApp drivers today held a second day of protests in Phnom Penh to demand that the company drop plans to cut charges for trips.

The drivers, protesting in Meanchey and Daun Penh districts, also want the company to reduce its service charge to 12 percent of their day’s earnings from the current 15 percent.

Veas Sna, 36, a driver, today said that the minimum fare is currently about $0.30 per kilometre and the company plans to reduce this to $0.25.

Mr Sna noted that if a driver earns about $2.50 from a customer, the company would take a cut of about $0.40.

“If the company decreases trip charges, we will have less income to support our families,” he said.

Another driver, Vi Chet, 29, said that the company plans to reduce its charges despite the fact that more people are using the ride hailing service because of its convenience, adding that more drivers are signing up with the company resulting in increased competition.

“Before we could earn about $25 per day, now some days we can only get $10 and find it difficult to support our families,” he said. “We are also paying monthly instalments for our rickshaws.”

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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