The Lagos State Taxi Drivers and Cab Operators Association (LSTDCOA) — drivers of the Lagos yellow taxi have teamed up with a new ride-hailing company, UNIVASA.
UNIVASA is an ICT company that builds software solutions. Beyond its app, there’s not much public information about the company.
What’s in the app?
The UNIVASA app, which has similar features to Uber and Bolt goes a step further as it boasts of features like taxi-hailing, flight booking, groceries and food deliveries, and other on-demand services like massage, make-up, plumbing, and car repairs, among others. It also features a series of apps for service providers. Sounds like a super app to me.
But this isn’t the first we’re hearing about this.
In March, Ekocab launched its ride-hailing platform that looked to partner with traditional yellow taxi operators in the city of Lagos. Its CEO, Segun Cole, in response to the news of UNIVASA, said, “I’m not sure they are aware we have a non-compete clause with the Lagos yellow taxis. Before we came, several other companies tried to engage these guys (yellow taxi drivers), so we included a non-compete to forestall such an occurrence,”
He insists that the partnership with the Lagos yellow taxis is still in place despite the reports of UNIVASA’s partnership.
He goes on to say, “Most of their cabs do not meet Ekocab’s requirements and new regulations like car model, convenience, air conditioning, smartphones, data collection, and updated documentation.”
: The UNIVASA app isn’t functional yet, so it’s a bit too early to draw conclusions, but the partnership with the Lagos yellow taxis seems to be a route new ride-hailing companies are taking in hopes of getting a quick win.
: After Ekocab, Lagos yellow taxis partner with new ride-hailing company