Lagos State Government today announced the launch of Eko cab Lagos – Lagos State ride-hailing platform for yellow taxis in partnership with EkoCab Nigeria.
The new e-hailing platform launched in partnership with Ekocab Nigeria is looking to onboard thousands of yellow taxis and private cars to the platform to ease transportation challenges in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Ekocab was launched in 2017 and signed a partnership agreement with the Lagos State Taxi and Cab Operators Association in 2019 to work with Lagos State yellow taxi drivers.
Just like with Uber and Taxify, Ekocab mobile app will connect a driver-partner and a rider who requests a ride, before the driver arrives to pick up the rider.
The cost of an Ekocab ride is calculated based on the distance of the trip, total travel time, and the base fare, which users can pay for using their smartphones.
The platform will be leveraging on a negotiable pricing model with thresholds, and will charge a 15% commission on rides from both yellow taxis and private cars via the app.
Uber and Bolt fell out with Lagos State government over fees and licensing. Though they are still negotiating new terms for their business module, it’s believed the situation will be resolved very soon.