Bolt to launch women-driven taxis in more towns

Ride-hailing app Bolt is seeking to expand its women-only ride service in three more Kenyan towns before the end of the year.

Regional manager for East Africa Kenneth Micah said the service will be launched in Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret before December.

The women-only service, which wasrecently launched in Nairobi and Mombasa, seeks to ensure safety and security of women drivers and passengers on the platform. The service comes at no added cost.  

“We are planning to launch the women-only category service in towns such as Nakuru, Kisumu and Eldoret hopefully before the year comes to an end,” Mr Micah stated.

Women drivers will not be penalised if they cancel a trip when expecting to collect a female passenger and find a male passenger is waiting for them at the picking point.

The launch of the services move follows mounting safety concerns and rising cases of harassment of women travellers by some male taxi drivers.

“We are constantly developing our platform and services to help ensure that every Bolt user feels secure and enjoys choice,” noted Mr Micah.

“The women-only service, in combination with Bolt’s many other safety features, provides these value propositions.”

Outside Kenya, the service is available in 12 cities in South Africa. These are Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London and Rustenburg. Others are Polokwan, Emalahleni, Mbombela, Mthatha, Pietermaritzburg and Thohoyandou.

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