Addis Motor Taxi, Ethiopia’s first motorcycle ride-hailing service, launches intending to avoid Addis Ababa’s frequent traffic jams. It is common to see motorcycles delivering food or packages, but no official ride-hailing service exists. The ride-hailing service transports people & packages with ETB 12 per kilometer service charge and ETB 75 flag down fee. In addition, the service has a 10% commission, a call center 9503, and an app available for android phones. It is licensed by the Addis Ababa Transport Bureau as a legal meter taxi service provider and works with a “Code 3” license plate. Drivers are only allowed to carry one passenger who must also wear a helmet at all times. The ride-hailing company is working on installing GPS tracking on the motorcycles and an IOS version.
People can park their car if they’re having difficulty due to traffic and order a motorcycle to take them to their destination quickly. Motorcycle ride-hailing platforms are becoming popular in Africa and Asia as the number of car increase, causing traffic jams. In Uganda and Indonesian motorcycle ride-hailing companies, SafeBoda and Gojek, respectfully, have begun their services and have quickly gotten popular. Addis Motor Taxi plans to follow their lead and transform the ride business with its motorcycle service with a lower commission as the company becomes popular.