Taxi app

Bolt taxi app launched in Cork

A NEW mobile app for ordering taxis has been launched in Cork City.

Bolt is a mobility super app that already works in Dublin and in over 45 countries around the world.

Its ride-sharing services also include shared cars, e-bikes and e-scooters, with food and grocery delivery also available in select areas.

From today, passengers in Cork City and surrounding areas can now download the app to their phone and use it to order taxis.

A company spokesperson said a large number of Cork taxi drivers have already been recruited through its platform.

Bolt is also in active discussions with local authorities to launch its other mobility services, such as e-scooters and e-bikes, in Ireland next year.

“After a hugely successful year in the Dublin market, we are delighted to launch our carpooling service in Cork,” said Bolt’s Operations Manager for Ireland, James Bowpitt.

“Bolt’s mission is to reduce the need for private car ownership and Ireland appears to be an ideal target, with recent studies showing that only 1 in 10 Irish car owners felt they could give up their private vehicle with the alternative options currently available to him.”

In an attempt to get more taxis onto Cork’s roads during peak periods, the company has been experimenting with driver incentives, such as commission-free rides.

“Put simply, Cork needs more taxis. The total fleet of SPSV taxis registered in Cork is just 1,216, as of February 28, 2022, down 30 vehicles from 2020,” Mr Bowpitt said.

“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.”

The company is calling on all Cork-based taxi drivers to express their interest by clicking here.