By Victor Karega
Bolt, the leading ride-hailing platform in Europe and Africa, is set to launch its operations in 3 major urban centres in Tanzania, setting the stage for a continued push to expand its market footprint within the country.
Bolt is available in Arusha, and will be available in the next three weeks. It will see the number of Tanzanians towns and cities served by the platform rise from the current two, to five, making it the largest ride-hailing service provider in terms of geographical reach.
Speaking during the press conference in Arusha, Remmy Eseka, the Bolt Country Manager in Tanzania, said that Bolt’s mission is to make urban transportation more convenient and affordable for more people, thus broadening the company’s reach, providing a platform for job creation through its social contribution.
“After Dar es Salaam and Dodoma cities, it was natural that Bolt would gradually expand across the country. We now intend to build new communities in Arusha and Zanzibar as we continue to gain the trust of the Tanzanian people,” said Eseka.
He pointed out that launching in these areas will allow them to provide a safe and affordable avenue for passengers to get a ride. With the local expansions taking place, Bolt has also done so globally, recently launching in London hence widening the scope of the business that now extends to private cars, e-scooters and motorcycles as well as food delivery in some parts of the world.
He noted that the service is easy to use; hence passengers can simply download the bolt app from the iOS or Android app stores and set up a user profile.
“When they’re ready to ride, users open the app, set their location and their intended destination. The app will then give a cost estimate for the trip. Once passengers request the ride, the app alerts drivers nearby who accept the ride,” He stated.
He added that Bolt has already signed drivers up to the platform in Arusha and Zanzibar, who all receive 80 per cent of all fares paid by passengers. What’s more, drivers using the platform can choose how many hours they drive, there are no monthly dues, and they can work in whichever areas they want to.
Drivers’ cars must be a 2000 vehicle model or newer. The car has to be four-door (Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio. This means that everyone hailing a ride through Bolt can be confident that they will get to their destination safely and comfortably.
Bolt, formerly known as Taxify, is the leading European transportation platform that’s focused on making urban travel easier, quicker and more reliable.
Founded by Markus Villig, Bolt launched in 2013. It’s one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms in Europe and Africa with investors including Daimler, Didi Chuxing, Korelya Capital and TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus