Easy Taxi Halts Africa Operations

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Online taxi hailing service Easy Taxi is exiting the African market.

Speaking to Footprint to Africa, an Easy Taxi driver in Nairobi who did not wish to be named said that the company had confirmed the exit to its drivers. The Easy Taxi App will however remain running, mainly serving corporate clients, reportedly until the end of May 2016.

The company has over 3, 000 drivers in Kenya who have executed more than 150, 000 rides in Nairobi, Nakuru and Kisumu.

Easy Taxi was launched in Brazil and at the peak of its business covered 420 cities globally across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It was edged out of Asia when Uber launched in India.

It is said to be closing down its Africa operations to focus on Latin America where it operates in 16 countries.

Easy Taxi is rumoured to have also been edged out by privately-held U.S. peer-to-peer ridesharing company Lyft. The San Francisco-based firm is said to be launching a similar taxi hailing service in Kenya soon.

Efforts to get official confirmation on the exit were unsuccessful as Easy Taxi closed down its Nairobi office on April 30.

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