Taxify cuts cab-hailing fares by half in elections offer


Taxify founder and chief executive Markus Villig. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Estonian-based taxi-hailing app Taxify is offering a 50 per cent discount to their customers today as a way of encouraging Kenyans to participate in the General Election.

Riders will pay half of Taxify’s current rates, which stand at Sh30 a kilometre, Sh2 per minute, with the base fare at Sh75. The minimum fare will remain unchanged at Sh200.

Taxify’s offer comes days after Uber announced last week that it would transport persons living with disabilities in Nairobi, Mombasa and Thika to and from their respective polling stations for free.

READ: Uber to give disabled free ride to polling stations

Uber’s riders in Nairobi, Mombasa and Thika will also get a Sh200 discount when they use the services to and from their polling stations.

“On Tuesday, a new category will appear in the app giving each customer a 50 per cent discount on every ride,” reads a statement from Taxify, in part. “While running this promotion, we will be compensating our drivers with bonuses, to bridge the difference.

“Our focus is to provide drivers with better revenue per ride and keeping them happy with earnings and support we provide, which leads to ultimately better service for clients.”