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DAR ES SALAAM CITY COUNCIL ISSUES OPERATING STICKERS FOR DRIVERS USING THE UBER APP
Dar es Salaam, 15th
Feb 2018 The Dar es Salaam City Council
has introduced operating stickers that will be a requirement for drivers using
mobile phone applications to get passengers. To make
the process easier for existing driver-partners, Uber in conjunction with the Dar es Salaam City Council
is distributing operating stickers to drivers using
the app at Ubers Green Light Hub. All new driver-partners will acquire the operating stickers from the Dar es Salaam City Council.
company, Uber, which has been operating in Tanzania since June 2016, has so far
partnered with over 1,000 active drivers in Dar es salaam to provide safe,
reliable and affordable rides for over 71,000 active
riders across the city.
The Dar es Salaam
City Council will now require any drivers using an
app to connect with riders to pay TZS 80,000 to
acquire an operating sticker, which will be renewed annually. All drivers using
the Uber app will still be required to commercially
register their vehicles and have a commercial driving licence.
This is a great
first step and demonstrates Uber’s commitment to working together with cities
to provide a regulatory framework for drivers using
technology apps, and will further enable the technology company to create
thousands of economic opportunities for new and existing drivers across Dar es
Salaam. Uber is committed to supporting drivers and their small businesses, and
recently opened a state of the art Greenlight Hub
(driver support center) in the city in an effort to help improve the support
experience for drivers - who can now walk in and get face to face support from
an Uber expert.
Speaking at the
announcement ceremony Alfred Msemo, Country Manager
Uber Tanzania, said, “Dar es Salaam is an innovative and forward thinking
tourist hub, and we have been working closely with the Office of the Lord Mayor
of Dar es Salaam for over a year now. We are thrilled to announce, today, a
clear route for drivers to obtain operating stickers.
We are committed to supporting drivers and helping them grow their small
businesses, and so far partnered with over 1,000 active drivers in Dar es
Lord Mayor of Dar
es Salaam, Isaya Mwita Charles, expressed his
commitment to embracing new technologies, “We have seen Uber change the way
that people move in our city - over a thousand people have a new way to make
money, and tens of thousands are using their technology to get around. We have
also seen the benefits that technology brings for
safety, attracting tourism and helping to improve congestion. We have
introduced this operating sticker to help give drivers who want to drive with
the Uber app a clear operating framework for their businesses.”
The Uber app uses technology to build safety into its service from
beginning to end: before a passenger even gets into the car, throughout the
journey and after they have reached their destination. With Uber, riders are
able to know their driver and their car before the
trip starts, they can also map and share their journey as all trips are GPS
monitored. The Uber app also encourages two-way accountability as riders and
driver-partners are able to provide feedback after every ride. Uber has a clear
set of Community
Guidelines for all trips booked by the app.