Uber has asked the High Court to refer to arbitration a dispute in which some Kenyan drivers have sued the ride-hailing platform over the reduction of fares by nearly half.

Uber Kenya and Uber B.V. said in an application that an agreement signed between them and the drivers urges them to refer any dispute to arbitration.

The Kenya drivers sued Uber in 2016 after it slashed charges as a response to mounting competition from local competitors.

The drivers argued that the move was a violation of their rights, as the new rates were below market rates, which would result in killing their business.