A new taxi hailing app dubbed ShareCab has been launched in Kenya to defy the established taxi-apps for their business.
ShareCab has been launched at a time when drivers of the established taxi-apps; Uber, Taxify, Mondo Ride and Little began an indefinite strike on Monday citing unfriendly policies by their service providers.
The app claims it charges drivers zero per cent commission – meaning drivers earn more, but riders don’t pay more – and providing an additional cab sharing facility that saves riders up to 50 per cent of fares.
With ShareCab, drivers pay zero per cent in commission, and also earn more as riders share, gaining up to 38 per cent on combining passengers on the same route, even as the passengers themselves travel for less. Instead of taking commissions, the App takes a flat rate membership fee of Sh2,000 a month from drivers.
Riders get discounts of up to 50 per cent by sharing rides, putting ShareCABTM into new space for competitive pricing, from base fares that are anyway pegged at industry norms.
ShareCAB, which was built by a team of Kenyan developers, also offers new features offered by none of the existing international apps, including an SOS button, that instantly calls police and loved ones if riders see or experience anything untoward during a ride.
In order to guarantee near zero security issues for both riders and customers, ShareCAB team say they have put in place a very stringent vetting program that ensures they have the right type of drivers operating on the platform.
“We collect the drivers’ copies of Certificate of Good Conduct, KRA certificate, national ID and passport size photographs. We have also partnered with an agency that assists us with the drivers’ background checks,” said the company’s CEO, Mwakio Ngale.
ShareCAB is initially being launched in Nairobi, and across Kenya over the next six months.