Bolt has launched a women-only service that enables female passengers to request rides from female drivers only. The women’s requests will also not be visible to male drivers and the rides will cost the same as the main Bolt category. No surcharges.
“Gender-based violence is a reality that women across South Africa contend with every day. Women-only shouldn’t be needed, but unfortunately it is,” Bolt manager Gareth Taylor said.
A pilot phase of this new services was introduced in East London and Rustenburg in November last year but is now available in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, Mthatha, Polokwane, Thohoyandou, Mbombela and Emalahleni.
Taylor said women drivers would also be allowed to have protection security screens fitted in their vehicles at no extra charge. Passengers and drivers using Bolt’s women-only service are also protected by an app-integrated SOS emergency button made possible through Bolt’s partnership with safety platform Namola.
“Women e-hailing drivers and passengers have the right to feel safe and be protected from any harm while working and moving around, and the women-only service, in combination with Bolt’s many other safety features, provides this safety and protection.”