By Juliet Umeh
A ride-hailing company, Uber has said it is collaborating with a sub-Saharan Africa’s first flexible car ownership company, Moove to provide potential and current Uber drivers in sub-Saharan Africa with long-term access to vehicles.
The company said the partnership aims to lower existing barriers to car ownership on the continent and empower drivers to be their own boss within a shorter time frame.
The partners also expressed confidence that the partnership will provide riders with access to newer car models when they request a ride. As part of an ongoing commitment to safety and particularly in the current fight against COVID-19.
It said Moove cars are fitted with transparent and perspex partition screens to separate the driver from rear and passenger seat riders.
Director of Business Development in MEA, Justin Spratt said: “We are passionate about delivering better experiences for drivers and are therefore excited to partner with Moove to develop meaningful, customised solutions for drivers in sub-Saharan Africa. Through this partnership, drivers’ livelihoods will be meaningfully improved while enabling them to get into the driver’s seat when it comes to their own future.”
Also, Managing Partner of Grace Lake Partners and Co-Founder of Moove, Mr. Ladi Delano, said: “The launch of Moove and our sub-Saharan Africa wide partnership with Uber will empower Uber drivers across the continent by providing them with a clear and affordable path to high-quality car ownership.”
According to the partners, drivers are to enjoy cost-effective car-ownership.
They said: “The partnership introduces low-barrier entry methods into the Uber app by offering improved pricing models for car ownership through solutions such as flexible rental and drive-to-own options. The multiple ownership methods are designed to suit drivers with diverse budgets and goals, ultimately reducing the risk of defaulted payments.
“In a bid to improve vehicle standards and safety across Africa, a number of safety enhancements have been made to all Moove vehicles which include improved geofencing and tracking, as well as mandatory monthly car servicing and inspections at the service centre. Critical support to drivers is also provided to ensure that the agreements on financing remain feasible, while Uber offers drivers 24/7 in-app assistance on any issue or query experienced.
“It will also offer the general public including the women opportunity and access to move freely.
While the transport industry has traditionally been male-dominated, our partnership with Moove will ensure that 50 percent of drivers are women, empowering them whilst also providing peace of mind when it comes to safety,” the partners explained.
They added that all Moove vehicles come with a standard safety tool kit which includes perspex and transparent partition screens between the driver and rider, while hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes will be provided and a face mask/ covering must be worn at all times when on a trip.