Estonia based ride-hailing firm Taxify, on Monday officially launched its services in Dar-es-Salaam to give commuters more options in private urban transport – taking on more competition to its rival uber and the other based local transportation system. Dar-es-Salaam becomes the 5th city in Africa and 3rd in East Africa to have the Taxify launch.

“We’re very excited to launch here and are confident that Taxify can effectively contribute to healthy competition by improving the quality of service and providing an opportunity for drivers to make a sustainable income,” Shivachi Muleji, Regional Expansion Manager at Taxify said during a press conference.

Shivachi pointed out that that firm takes only 15% commission from its drivers, which is far lower than the 25% that competitors take, emphasizing that the lower commission allows them to offer both lower prices for riders and more take-home pay for drivers.

Taxify app is available for download to all users, Android, iOS, and Windows. The firm now operates in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Central America worldwide and has seen huge success with its fairer, more transparent ride-sharing service.

How the Taxify app works
Just like uber or quick taxi, Taxify operates their app, which enables people to hail rides from their smartphones. Riders must choose a payment method: cash, credit card or mobile carrier billing before they can use the service.

The customer then requests a ride and confirms their pick-up location. Once the driver accepts the trip, the customer will be able to see the driver’s name and car details.

After the ride is completed both driver and the rider can rate each other.