Ola kicks off ridesharing services in New Zealand with multi-city launch

Kiwis across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch can start booking rides from their Ola app

New Zealand, 6 November 2018: Ola, one of the world’s largest ridesharing platforms is now offering rides to passengers in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

To celebrate its launch, Ola is offering Kiwis 50 percent off all rides for their first month. Customers can book rides within the three major cities and can also be picked up from Auckland and Wellington airports.

Ola sees an opportunity to offer Kiwis a reliable rideshare service which provides a safe and affordable alternative and a better deal for drivers with lower commission rates that allow them to earn more.

Customer experience lies at the heart of Ola’s service with state-of-the-art  safety features including an in-app emergency button which enables customers to instantly share important ride information, such as real-time ride tracking, location coordinates and vehicle and driver information with friends, family and emergency services. Every vehicle is inspected to ensure it is roadworthy and every driver undertakes a police check.

Quality of rides is also a key element of Ola’s approach, and the service welcomes drivers to its platform to reap the benefits of a low introductory commission rate of 9 percent for drivers, before moving to 18%, as well as daily payments and 24/7 support.

Brian Dewil, New Zealand Country Manager for Ola said, “Entering New Zealand is an important step for Ola, and the ridesharing industry here.  Over recent weeks, we’ve received enthusiastic feedback from drivers across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. With a reliable platform, an engaged, growing group of drivers and local staff in place, we’re excited to announce that Ola is now available to Kiwi passengers, giving them a fresh alternative to move about conveniently within our cities.”  

Kiwis can download the Ola app from the Google Play and iOS App stores today and register an account to begin booking rides.

The app will continue to evolve after the initial launch as the team tracks feedback from customers to enhance the rideshare experience, including new promotions and offers.

Drivers can learn more about registering and driving with Ola by visiting drive.olacabs.com

Ola’s entry into New Zealand follows its successful launch in Australia in February 2018 and in the UK in August 2018. Ola operates as a registered New Zealand company, committed to growing a successful business that benefits the local economy and provides investment in smarter transport infrastructure.


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