Traditional taxi cabs in Ghana will soon have the opportunity to migrate onto a ride-hailing application specially designed for them so as to compete with Uber and other platforms, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has announced.
“We sat down with my team and said, ‘OK, how do we help our taxi drivers compete with the Uber drivers so that they can also be like Uber?'” he said at a conference at the Church of Pentecost Ghana, on Wednesday, 3 May 2023.
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“So, we set the team to work, and, so, the task was to digitise the operations of our regular taxis, just as you have with Uber,” he noted.
“I’m happy to say that the work has now been completed,” Dr Bawumia announced, adding: “And, in the next couple of months, we will be able to place our taxis, at least, in Greater Accra, to start with, all on an Uber-like platform.”
And you’ll be able to call them just like you call Ubers to your homes and all of that,” he added.
Also, Dr Bawumia said processes were underway to digitalise both the public and private transport.
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“There’s more actually coming,” he hinted, explaining: “We are attacking everybody – trotros will come later on, VIP buses, Aayalolo, Metro Mass. The whole public sector is going to go on and private sector transport is going to go on what we call a tap-and-go system.”
“When you go to England, they have the Oyster card that you travel with. Ghana is also going to have an Oyster card before the end of this year,” Dr Bawumia said