Taxi app Bolt is launching its ride-sharing services in Cork City and surrounding areas today and the company’s Irish COO thinks it couldn’t come at a better time.
“The total fleet of SPSV taxis registered in Cork is just 1,216, as of 28 February 2022, down 30 vehicles from 2020. So although customer demand has returned, there has in fact been a reduction in registered SPSV taxi vehicles,” James said. Bowpitt, Operations Manager for Ireland.
From today, Tuesday March 29, passengers in Cork will be able to download the Bolt app and order taxis to their location.
To mark the occasion, Bolt will also be offering passengers a 50% discount on their first 10 trips – not a bad incentive, especially if you’re among the 15% of Munster drivers the company says will give up. probably their private car in the next five years.
“After a hugely successful year in the Dublin market, we are delighted to launch our ridesharing service in a second Irish city, Cork,” said Bowpitt.
“The appetite for socializing is back across the country, but we are aware of the concerns some may have about the availability of taxis, especially at night. Bolt tested incentives and commission-free trips for drivers during peak periods to get more taxis on the road.
Bolt plans to build Ireland’s first multi-modal transport hub, where the public will be able to choose between a car, e-scooter or even an e-bike for short journeys.
Having launched in Dublin in December 2020, the company says it already has thousands of drivers on its platform and is looking to increase that number when it launches on Leeside.
Cork-based drivers who wish to register with the Bolt platform can find more information here.