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Local taxi operators, under pressure from Uber, launch own app

After intense and ugly wars with American Uber app service provider, traditional taxi operators have now come up with their own app, called Taxify, which they expect to steal Uber’s thunder.

By Waithera Murugiswaithera@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 07 Jun 2016 09:09 EAT

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After intense and ugly wars with American Uber app service provider, traditional taxi operators have now come up with their own app, called Taxify, which they expect to steal Uber’s thunder.

Kenya Taxi Cabs Association [KTCA] decided to up its game by going digital after months of intense business rivalry with Uber since it launched into the country last year which saw two  Uber taxi cabs torched. Uber taxi operators have also faced frequent harassment and intimidation by traditional taxi owners who accuse them of stealing their business.

Taxify has been developed by the Kenya Taxi Cabs Association, which represents taxi operators. It is expected to improve customer care and great mastery of the city routes which they say will give them an edge as they will be able to beat traffic better than their Uber counterparts whom they consider as newbies in the industry. Taxify will be charging 100 Shilling per kilometer.

Local taxi operators have been accusing Uber of not following traffic regulations like having the yellow band on their cars to identify them as taxis or paying government taxes among other things.

Uber’s pricing model also cuts by more than half the charges traditional taxis have been charging commuters in central Nairobi and its environs.

At one point KTCA demanded withdrawal of operations by Uber from Nairobi until a level playing field was established.

Waithera is a staff writer at the Kenya Free Press.





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