Everyone living in and around the George area knows that we are usually the last to get stuff. Burger King, Makeup Revolution, Rocomamas, the list goes on and on. So when I heard that Taxify is launching in George, Mosselbay and even doing trips to Wilderness I was so surprised. I mean the freebies in magazines doesn’t even make it to Wilderness. Two thumbs up for Taxify! This service is going to be amazingly helpful during season.
Who and what is Taxify?
Taxify is an international transportation network company. They allow people to request a taxi or private driver from their smartphone and it’s super easy to use. What makes Taxify different than other operators is that you can pay for your ride with card or cash. Launched in 2013, Taxify connects millions of passengers and drivers around the world to make travel easier, quicker and more reliable. Taxify’s efficient and tech-enabled business model benefits both
drivers who pay a smaller commission as well as passengers who end up paying less for their ride.
Taxify started operating in South Africa in 2016. It’s one of the fastest-growing ride-hailing platforms in
Europe and Africa and has more than 15 million users in over 25 countries globally
How to use Taxify
It’s really simple to get Taxify setup and to book your first ride. You can use my referral link over here to download the app and to get R150 off your first ride. Enter my code ELIZABETH under promotions in the app. Remember to add a credit or visa/master debit card for you to be able to claim your free ride. One you book your first ride R100 will still go off your card but will be refunded just for card verification, so don’t get a semi heart attack like I did.
The app will drop a pin to your location and show you the estimated ETA for arrival. Once you book your ride you can follow the driver’s ride to your location. The driver’s information such as their name, type of car and registration number as well as their photo will display on your screen. There is options as well to phone or send the driver a message. Taxify aims to make the average waiting time 3 minutes. Estimated pricing is available in the press release down below.
Taxify Press Release December 2018
GEORGE LAUNCH Ride-hailing service Taxify launches in George
4 December 2018 – Residents and visitors in George are now able to hail a driver using Taxify, the app-based ride-hailing service already used in 10 other South African cities and towns. Launched ahead of the holiday season and in response to requests from passengers and drivers, Taxify offers an affordable alternative to existing services. Using the service will help reduce traffic congestion by providing a way for people to get around town without using their own vehicle.
“After our successful launches in South Africa’s main centres, expanding to George is a natural next step for Taxify,” says Gareth Taylor, Taxify’s country manager for South Africa. “Taxify is an affordable alternative for anyone seeking convenient, on-demand transport from A to B. The service also creates work opportunities for people who hold a professional driving permit, and who haven’t been able to find work.”
About the App and Pricing
Taxify is easy to use: simply download the secure and free Taxify app from the iOS or Android app stores. Set up a user profile, including your payment card details in the secure payment section. When you’re ready to be collected, request a driver via the app, and he or she will fetch you in minutes to take you where you need to be. Passengers pay a minimum fare of R21, with the final fare calculated based on distance travelled and the time the journey takes. Popular trips in and around George such as Airport to Central will cost between R86 and R105, Eden Meander Center to Victoria Bay will cost approximately R51 – R62, and Central to Redberry Farm will cost approximately R80 – R98.
When the ride is complete, payment is made with cash, or via the credit or debit card details the rider entered into the app. Passengers paying by credit or debit card instead of cash will often receive benefits such as discount codes.
“Going out during season has always been such a hassle because the roads are busy due to the influx of vacation visitors flocking to our beautiful area. This also means that there are a lot more roadblocks,” says Lizna Erkelens, Wilderness resident. “Using Taxify to hail a ride means I can now go out with friends for fun summer nights (or days) without having to worry about driving home under the influence.”
Taxify has been hugely successful in every city where it has launched since commencing operations in
South Africa in 2016. Launching on the Garden Route is particularly exciting for Taxify, because everyone
in the region can now call cost-effective, quick, reliable and convenient rides from wherever they are to
wherever they want to be.
How do drivers in George join the Taxify platform?
If drivers want to become a Taxify driver, they will need a valid South African Professional Driving Permit. An Android or iPhone smart phone with GPS, and be willing for Taxify to complete a criminal background check. Taxify does not supply vehicles for drivers to use, but it may be able to connect drivers with vehicle owners that want to participate in the platform. For more information visit the Taxify website.