inDriver, an international online ride-hailing service, has begun recruiting drivers in Harare for the service. The service allows passengers to negotiate the fare with drivers and is intended to launch in the Zimbabwean capital at the end of July.
By coming to Harare, inDriver hopes to benefit those in need of transport for a specific journey as well as the drivers. The service requires the passenger to propose a fare on the app. Nearby drivers can decide whether to take up the request at the passenger’s proposed fare or make a counter-proposal.
The agreement between passenger and driver is entirely voluntary. A driver is not obliged to accept any proposal. He or she agrees to drive the passenger on a journey that will be profitable and fit in with his or her personal schedule.
inDriver drivers can see the starting and ending points of a journey that are put by the passenger in the app. A safety button for both driver and rider, linked to emergency numbers has been incorporated into the app. In addition, both parties can share their GPS location details of rides in real-time with trusted contacts.
For the first six months, drivers are not charged any commission. Meaning they retain the whole fare without any payment to inDriver. Thereafter inDriver charges them a commission of less than 10%.
Drivers of taxis, as well as private cars, are eligible to apply for registration. They need to submit their identification document (ID), driver’s licence, a photo of the car to be used and background information.
“We want the passengers and drivers to determine independently and directly a fair and favourable price for each route. In inDriver it is up to each driver to take a ride request, skip it or send a counter offer. We want to give the power of setting prices back into the hands of passengers and drivers. As a result, drivers will be able to get higher income while enjoying more transparency and flexibility,” says inDriver marketing director, Yegor Fedorov.
Edited by Jenna Cook
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