Transport fintech, SafeBoda best known for its boda boda (motorcycle) taxi services has launched a car-hailing service, SafeCar in Uganda and Nigeria. According to officials, the company will bring their expertise from the boda boda industry and aim to revolutionize the vehicle taxi industry.
"We’re very excited to launch SafeCar in our super App with a safer, more convenient solution than what is offered in the market. We’ve talked to drivers and passengers, tested our product, and we are going to change transportation in Uganda forever, we are going completely cashless," said Rapa Ricky Thomson, SafeBoda co-founder.
Rapa said that the future of urban transportation is about community, supporting drivers to make more money, enhancing their welfare and giving customers a convenient world-class cashless experience.
According to the press release, all SafeCar trips will be cashless as customers will use electronic SafeBoda wallets to pay for their trips. The e-wallets can be topped up using mobile money, via agents or giving cash to the driver. SafeBoda claims to currently have a community of 27,000 boda boda riders that transport customers within the Kampala Metropolitan region.
“Car drivers have the same needs as boda boda drivers and SafeBoda can provide a great livelihood for all. Our drivers will be happy and make more money with SafeBoda. We are in the business of making communities thrive and our car drivers will now join us," added Rapa.
Moses Musinguzi, SafeBoda’s very first driver and currently a senior operations manager, said “SafeBoda has always cared for its driver community, and I am a testimony of this, having been part of the journey from the start. The launch of cars is another opportunity for the community to grow and thrive. The onboarding process is smooth and friendly, in addition to the numerous benefits of being a SafeCar driver. We offer in-person support instead of online because we understand that human interaction is better, and we are offering balanced prices while
leveraging our one million customers.”