According to Bolt’s press service, the company is going to expand its work in Kazakhstan. The taxi service, which originated from Estonia and already works in Europe and Africa, is planning to start its operation in Almaty on the first day of next month.
To promote its new taxi service, Bolt wants to reduce tariffs for passengers and take zero fee from drivers. However, this offer is not forever, but for an initial period of six months. Almaty will be the second Kazakhstani town after Nur-Sultan where the Bolt service is available.
«Here in Bolt, we want to make city traveling comfortable and affordable at the same time. We are always looking for new markets where alternative players are welcomed. In Almaty, we are ready to be flexible and make our proposition attractive for drivers. For example, we’ll not take any fee from drivers at least in the first six months. For passengers we are ready to offer a 20% discount,» said Bolt’s regional manager Juris Krumins.
The Bolt mobile application is already available for Kazakhstani users in App Store and Google Play Store.
Concerning types of ride payments, there are two options. For example, passengers can pay cash or use Kaspi Bank transfer. This transfer is very easy to make with help of the mobile application; it’s fast, reliable, and has tremendous popularity in Kazakhstan.
Lately, another taxi operator from China DiDi Chuxing announced its plans to launch a business in neighboring Russia. One Russian town where DiDi wants to work is Orenburg, which is next to the Kazakhstani border.