TaxiGo app launched – ride-hailing for taxi services

Another ride-hailing app has been launched, making it the second to come about in a week, The Star reports. The arrival of TaxiGo on to the scene comes after the cALLme app – meant for passengers to hail taxi drivers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) – was introduced over the weekend.

Developed by local company Cab Mmobility in collaboration with experts from Taiwan and Japan, the TaxiGo app is expected to benefit some 60,000 registered taxis across the country. TaxiGo will not take a percentage of commission from the cab fare, only imposing a RM2 fee for any trip.

Cabbies will also have the opportunity to earn at least 10% to 20% additional income from advertisements, these being via digital displays placed on the car’s roof. The app is available on both Android and iOS platforms.

At the launch, transport minister Anthony Loke said that having more taxi drivers embracing e-hailing was a positive development for the industry. “I am glad taxi drivers are taking up the ministry’s call for them to get on the e-hailing platform. This is the way forward for the industry. When more taxi drivers take up e-hailing, it will be good for both the industry and the consumers,” he said.

Loke said that consumers usually did not mind taking traditional taxis if the vehicles were comfortable and the fares were affordable and clearly defined. “The most important element for consumers when calling for a taxi or private car is that they must know how much they have to pay before they enter the car,” he explained.