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Taxi app will mirror any fare rises agreed

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THE Uber-like taxi app in Guernsey would mirror any increase in taxi fares that the States are considering, the app’s founders have said.

After a successful launch in Jersey, Goto was launched in Guernsey last autumn and aims to modernise the taxi industry.

The app works with regulated taxi drivers in the islands. Talks with the States last summer helped suit the platform to Guernsey so fares are parallel.

Early this year it was announced that Environment & Infrastructure was proposing a 3.09% increase in fares to reflect the increased costs of running a taxi.

Co-founder of Goto, Ben Lewis, said: ‘I can confirm that Goto will continue to mirror the maximum tariff set by DVL, should there be any increase.’

He also said islanders were likely to see wrapped vehicles in St Peter Port soon as a few taxis will don the ‘Goto cyan’ colour.

‘With regards to business, it’s going well.

Founders of goto, an uber-like taxi app which has launched in Guernsey. L to R co-founder Robbie Andrews and founder Ben Lewis. Picture supplied by goto. (26907090)

‘January is always a slow period for taxis, but now we’ve proven the platform works over the Christmas rush, we can focus on getting more drivers on board.’

From September to year end, the company paid out more than £15,000 to drivers, completed more than 1,000 jobs with 4,000 users and 24 drivers.

Some 98% of trips received a five-star rating and 391 conversations were started via the app’s support chat.

Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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