Johannesburg – Uber has partnered with Moove to allow partner drivers to own and drive their own cars in a hire-hire model.
The model will see at least 101 drivers benefit initially, with more than 5,000 drivers targeted by the end of fiscal year 2021/22.
The move will see Uber drivers – most who typically work for an owner and pay an owner weekly rental fees – take control of their own income.
Drivers eligible for the drive-to-own model will pay Moove R1950 per week for four years and the amount includes a maintenance plan, vehicle insurance and other extras including roadside assistance.
Moove’s country manager Sinako Cetyiwe said they would not use traditional market instruments such as credit background checks as a criterion for qualifying drivers.
He said the program had been piloted in Nigeria from June of last year and had also just started in Ghana recently.
He said they would look at the driver’s active Uber profile and determine if they would be able to track the reimbursement fee.
“What we’re doing here is providing direct access for drivers so they can run their own business, with their own cars. This is a problem that we have seen over the years where drivers cannot access a vehicle and the cost of access is actually very high.
“With this product, we are able to provide them with access to a car, but also a very economical offer for the driver,” he said.
Moove said he was initially targeting a rollout of compact, fuel-efficient Toyota Agyas by year-end to 5,000 partner driver in Johannesburg.
“What we’re doing is looking at the success of the product in Johannesburg, and then it will expand to other cities afterwards. (Deadlines) depend on its performance in the market, we will try to go as fast as possible with the expansion of the UberGo product.
Cetyiwe said the deal was weekly and drivers were free to back out of the deal at any time and drop off the car, if it no longer worked for them.
“We’ve worked really hard to make sure this product is really effective for the driver and cost effective for all the other options available to the driver,” he said.
After four years the driver owns the car and will therefore have to insure and maintain the car at his own expense, with the weekly cost of R1950 no longer a factor.
At the UberGo launch event, held at Uber headquarters in Sandton, Vusi Ngobeni, an Uber driver from Cosmo City, received a Toyota Agya.
Ngobeni, and another unnamed pilot, will get two years of free access through the drive-to-own model.
Speaking to IOL, Ngobeni, who has made tens of thousands of trips on the e-hail platform, said he was excited and grateful to have the opportunity to own his own car.
He said he leased a KIA Rio sedan for R2600 per week from an owner.
“I’m so excited to win this car and to have the opportunity to own mine. I have two kids that I’m supporting through Uber, so in the future I’m going to save the R2600 that I was renting and then we’ll have to see what I can do with that money, ”he said.
Ngobeni said his income on the platform was around R7,000 per week – in a bad week, and from there he would budget around R350 per day for fuel and also compensate for the rental of R2600. of the car owner.
“I haven’t told my partner yet, it will be a surprise, she will see when I get home with my own car,” he says.
Meanwhile, Uber’s Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Frans Hiemstra, said he is constantly looking for ways to cut costs for drivers and allow them to earn better income on the platform.
He said the partnership with Moove allows UberGo drivers to take control of their own income.
“We have a customer obsession. Our customers are our runners, our drivers, our cities and the regulators. We have to make sure we keep all of our customers first all the time, ”he said.
“That’s why we created economic opportunities. We have over 60,000 drivers serving three million passengers in sub-Saharan Africa, ”he said.
He said they are also looking to prioritize female pilots-partners with the UberGo initiative with Moove.
“We want to turn our drivers into employees, which is why we have fuel savings offers with BP, we have mobile phone offers for our drivers, and we have a tire service agreement with Tiger Wheel and Tire. .
“We, as Uber, need to grow to reduce driver-partner costs and increase profits,” he said.
Regarding safety, he said drivers and runners have access to 24/7 emergency assistance through private security for the duration of a ride.
He said the Uber app was also equipped with driver safety toolkits, such as injury protection and speed alerts. The injury protection feature allows a driver to immediately alert emergency services in the event of an accident, while the Speed Alert signals speeding drivers who are then penalized on the platform. email.
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