Uber has today launched its latest product, uberPOA , a Tuk Tuk service powered using Uber’s technology after a similar launch in Dar Es Salaam in a move set to provide Mombasa residents, a safe, reliable and affordable option of Tuk Tuks which are a popular choice in Mombasa.
According to Loic Amado, General Manager for Uber East Africa, “We are determined to launch localized products such as uberPOA that resonates with the local citizens. When we launched uberX two years ago, we knew that this city would surpass our expectations, we have managed to create hundreds of economic opportunities and we are excited to create even more with the roll-out of uberPOA.”
The uberPOA product will be priced with a base fare of KES 10, KES 15 per KM, KES 3 per min and a minimum fare of KES 50. Riders will be able to travel to popular routes such as Posta to Nyali from KES 170, Posta to Bamburi from KES 280, Likoni ferry to Tudor from KES 270, Kongowela to City Mall from KES 130 and Bamburi to Pirates from KES 50.
Poa means cool in Swahili and uberPOA will be running alongside uberX and will follow the same strict safety measures applied to all Uber options. Riders will still be able to see all uberPOA driver details, such as their name, photo, and license plate number. There will also be able to see whether others have had a good experience with uberPOA drivers and can contact customer support via the in-app help feature if there are any issues related to a trip.
To ensure enhanced safety, all Uber driver-partners, whether using uberPOA or uberX, will go through a driver screening followed by a submission of a police clearance certificate. Drivers will also need to submit their National Identification, Driver’s license, NTSA vehicle inspection report and proof of PSV car insurance. Uber will also use telematics technology in its app to monitor driving behaviour of driver-partners and encourage them to exercise caution as they drive with the Uber app.