Uber rolls into town

Uber joins Dar's traffic-snarled streets on June 16. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

Ride-hailing service Uber joins Dar’s traffic-snarled streets on June 16. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

Dar has become the 12th city in Africa to host Uber, an app-based ride-hailing service.

Uber is still in testing phase and has warned of limited availability as they roll out their service, starting Thursday, June 16.

“Please be patient with us in the first few weeks, as we’ll be connecting you to as many drivers-partners as fast as possible,” says a press release posted on the Uber website.

The service will be offering free rides using promo code #MoveTanzania until midnight Sunday, June 19 — though terms and conditions apply.

Uber in Nairobi — and elsewhere on the continent — has faced stiff opposition from taxi drivers, which has seen drivers and passengers beaten, harassed and Uber taxis burned.

Uber has posted the following sample fare rates on their website:

Julius Nyerere Airport to Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel: TZS 13,000
Mlimani City Mall to Slipway Shopping Center: TZS 9,000
Kigamboni Ferry Terminal to Kariakoo: TZS 6,000

TZS 1,000 Base Fare + TZS 470 per kilometer + TZS 95 per minute
Minimum Fare: TZS 3,000
Cancellation Fee: TZS 3,000

 

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Daniel Hayduk

Daniel is Dar Post’s news director. When not in the newsroom, he spends his days helping NGOs across the continent find their creative side.