Uber, a taxi hailing firm, has introduced uberPOA in Mombasa, bringing into its platform the three wheeled vehicles popularly known as Tuk tuks. The General Manager, Uber East Africa, Loic Amado said the company is committed to providing solutions that fit the need of drivers and riders across cities.
Amado noted that “Tuk tuks are a popular mode of transport across Kenya, and we are determined to launch localised products such as uberPOA to meet local needs”. Currently, the service is only available within Mombasa Island, Nyali, Mkomani, Kongowea, Kisauni, Bamburi and is priced at a minimum fare of 50 Shillings. Dar es Salam was the first city in East Africa to operate uberPOA.
Mr Amado said that “with uberPOA, riders will still receive the same seamless door to door experience they are used to. We believe users will be excited to have another reliable and affordable option tailored to move through the traffic on short trips around town”.
Uber drivers whether using uberX or uberPOA must go through screening as well as submit a certificate of good conduct from the police. Uber will also use telematics technology in its app to monitor driving behaviour of driving partners.
There are more than 10,000 Tuk tuks registered in Mombasa. In reference to this, Mr Amado admitted that “at Uber, we believe in choice for riders and driver-partners. Riders should be allowed more choice in the way they move around their cities and driver-partners should have more choice in how they make a living”.