Why regular taxi drivers will not defeat Uber in Nairobi
03 February 2016, 18:59
Nairobi - Ask any regular cab user and they will tell you that the Uber and Easy taxi model is the way to go.
Who doesn't love a bargain? Not just Kenyans but all over the world. Who?
It is a well known fact in Kenya that taxis charge way over the odds to move from point A to B.
For example, a taxi from the Railways bus station to the University of Nairobi costs KES 600 while a similar ride using Uber for example, costs KES 300.
Similarly, a regular cab from the Nairobi CBD to Langata area costs KES 1000, while using Uber, it is just over KES 500.
The new pricing model is cheap, well cheap for Kenyans and in this age of tough economic times, any savings works.
And that is not all.
The new age taxi model is safer in the sense that the GPS tracking on the applications makes it easier to trace where the driver is and gives a more accurate time range for pick-ups.
Also, they do not charge any waiting fee for the first 30 minutes. Many taxis charge a waiting fee.
" I use Uber and Easy Taxi because they are safer, more convenient and do not have all those odd charges that come with normal cabbies," Njenga Mwathi, who uses them on numerous occasions told News24.
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Another issue is that they operate 24 hours and come to wherever you are as compared to going out to look for a regular cab as well as risking the fact that there could be none available.
" I go wherever I want knowing that there will be a cab to take me back home and that is simply reassuring," Alison Njeri, a banker says.
" If I go out and want to head back home at 6 AM I will get a cab. It is easy and efficient," she says.
Regular taxi drivers through their union have pledged to wage a war against Uber and want it kicked out of the country in the next 7 days.
How feasible that is remains to be seen.
The fact is that Kenyans see the value of the new age taxi model and unless the 'old folk' change their ways, there will be no way of beating Uber. Technology as they say, can never be defeated.
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