With just a day gone after taxi services company Bolt, its intention to switch to offering services to only corporate clients in Tanzania with effect from today, the Land Transport Regulatory Authority (Latra) has urged taxi drivers and passengers to explore other available taxi options across the country.
The land transport regulator in a public notice urged drivers and clients to consider other available taxi companies that include Little Ride, Paisha and Ping that have complied with Latra’s guidelines.
This follows an announcement issued by Bolt yesterday that the company’s on-corporate clients in Tanzania will have to find alternative means as its cars will only be available to corporate clients urging that the regulatory environment is causing pressure on the sustainability of the company.
Latra in March this year approves new fares for ride-hailing operators in Tanzania with guidelines that doubled the per-kilometre rate to 900/- and cut commissions the firms charge to 15 per cent from a maximum of 33 per cent that prompted Uber to exit the Tanzanian market in April, after six years of operations, citing a stringent regulatory environment.
“Latra has received news for Bolt’s next step of action. We urge tax drivers and passengers to explore other taxi services options as we continue deliberating on the matter,” the statement said.