Taxify Launches Motorcycle (Okada) Hailing Services In Uganda, Will Nigeria be Next?
Now, you can hail a motorcycle in Uganda as Europe and Africa’s fastest-growing taxi hiring firm, Taxify has recently launched its “boda-boda” (Okada in our own parlance) feature on the Taxify app in Kampala, Uganda
This new development was accepted immediately after launch as hundreds of boda-boda riders signed up to the platform and were ready to accept rides anywhere within the city.
Boda Boda are bicycle & motorcycle taxis commonly found in East Africa. It has been an unregulated industry and Taxify hopes to bring onto the Boda Boda business community digital solutions.
To this effect, Taxify has taken measures to ensure that certain guidelines are followed to protect both the boda-boda riders and the passengers. First, the riders shall be trained on how to offer first aid and other basics that most Boda Boda riders lack. Helmets would also be provided for both the driver and passenger, alongside first aid kit and reflector jackets for the drivers.
Shivachi Muleji, East Africa’s Regional Supply Manager for Taxify, says.
“At Taxify, we are always sensitive to the needs of local markets. Our main goal is to provide the most convenient, affordable and reliable way to move from place to place within cities. Boda is a good product for the people of Kampala as it fits well into the culture and is a category that has great potential to provide a steady source of income to many people in Uganda.”
Happy drivers means a great experience for riders. This is what Taxify believes in, thats why treating its drivers with respect is important, and would be allowing them to earn more than what they would receive on any other platforms.
Taxify Boda will charge 500 UGX Base fare (14 Cents), 70 UGX per Minute (19 cents), 400 UGX (1 dollar, 14 cents) per KM, and 1000 UGX Minimum Fare. Proper registration is a requirement for riders to join the the Taxify platform and Taxify is working closely with government agencies to enable boda riders go through the registration process smoothly.
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