Cameroonian Minister of Transport, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe, announced the suspension in the country of the Russian ride-hailing app Yango “until further notice”.
In a Feb. 8 statement, the official said the platform does not comply with current road transport regulations, including the July 2021 law on the professions of road transporters and their assistants. This decision exposes the illegality of hundreds of Yango drivers, whom the minister called on to "immediately" comply with the provisions of the law of October 2022, which sets the conditions for access to the profession of road transport.
Last September, the Minister already sent the company a warning that if a change is not made, a sanction of suspension will follow. He required Yango to establish a registered office or branch, representation or joint venture, register with the tax authorities, make a declaration to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and indicate its tax and tariff system.
"We do not own or lease any cab. We instead partner with local independent transport companies to help Cameroonian businesses grow. Yango allows them to renew their fleet to ensure more comfortable and even safer trips for Cameroonians," responded Yango's country manager Didier Theze.
Let’s note that yango was also criticized by traditional cab drivers who demanded that the company be suspended. Cab unions blame Yango for operating without paying the taxes that go with road transport activity. The suspension came less than a week after fuel prices increased in the country.