The popular taxi-hailing service, Uber, is reported to be working on the logistics of venturing into the matatu industry in Kenya; that is the public service vehicle (PSV) industry.
“We want to be part of the transportation ecosystem in Nairobi and matatus are a big part of how people move around,” said the General Manager for Uber East Africa, Loic Amado during an interview with Reuters.
Stats show about 66% of commutes in Kenya rely on matatu vehicles for their daily commute. The industry in itself is bogged down with a lot of inefficiencies and in most routes, the operators of these vehicles keep on flouting traffic rules. Thereby putting the lives and properties of all road users into jeopardy. Not to mention their arbitrary charging of fare, which can change at an instance depending on the weather; if it rains in Nairobi, you’re sure the matatu fare will hike.
For commuters, the reported entry of Uber into the matatu industry might be good news. Looking at how efficient and affordable the taxi industry has become, perhaps Uber will bring those two things over into the matatu industry.
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