Dar es Salaam, 26.03.18…..Uber today announced the introduction of uberPOA (POA locally meaning “cool”) – a new low-cost bajaji product in addition to uberX in Dar es Salaam. The product, which will be available from today, will feature three wheeled motorized vehicles that are fuel efficient and locally known us rickshaws/tuktuks or bajaji’s. uberPOA will provide new and existing riders in Dar es Salaam a more affordable option in the way they travel in and around Dar es Salaam.
Commenting on the launch, Uber Country Manager in Tanzania, Alfred Msemo said, ‘Today we are excited to launch uberPOA a cost efficient product that features bajajis. We are delighted that uberPOA provides a new and more affordable choice to riders. We are constantly innovating to improve our service and mission to provide safe, reliable and affordable rides in Dar es Salaam.”
uberPOA will feature three wheeled bajajis which are generally more cost efficient to maintain for driver-partners. UberPOA will run alongside and complement the existing uberX option which features four wheeled sedans. “We believe that riders in Dar es Salaam should have more choice in the way they move around our city, choices that are affordable and efficient – uberPOA is doing just that.” added Mr. Msemo.
uberPOA is priced with a base fare of TZS 1,500, TZ 400 per KM, TZ 80 per Min, a minimum fare of TZS 2,000 and cancellation fee of 2,000. “At Uber we believe that riders and drivers should have certainty and control around prices so that they can make informed choices about when and how to use Uber.” concluded Mr.Msemo.
To help support driver-partners launching uberPOA, Uber said that it has put in place initial minimum guarantees for driver-partners as the city adjusts to the new service. To access the new service, riders simply need to open the Uber application where they will have the option to request either an uberPOA or an UberX ride. uberPOA is only available in Mwenge, Sinza, Kijitonyama, Mikocheni A, Mwananyamala, Kinondoni, Namanga, Msasani, Oysterbay, Masaki & Kigamboni with an aim to expand soon.
The introduction of new products is common for Uber, which offers a variety of products for riders and driver-partners around the world. In neighbouring Kenya, Uber has options such as uberCHAPCHAP, uberX and UberSELECT. In other parts of the world, uberMOTO, UberXL, UberBLACK, UberCHOPPER, UberASSIST, UberEXEC and UberPool.