Almost two years after successfully launching the ride share platform in Australia, Ola has announced plans to launch in Bathurst.
Ola is one of the world's largest ride sharing platforms, and will be available to passengers in Bathurst and surrounds in the coming weeks, as the company gears up to bring more competition to ride share across the country.
The local launch of the popular app is part of a national expansion for Ola across 18 new regional hubs Australia-wide. The company is actively recruiting ride share drivers in the Bathurst area and 17 other towns in Victoria, NSW, QLD, WA and Tasmania.
Simon Smith, Managing Director of Ola Australia and New Zealand, says offering services in Bathurst and the surrounding region will bring more competition and choice to both ride share users and drivers in the area.
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"Since launching in this country two years ago, millions of Australians have benefited from riding with Ola and it's time we gave the same choice to people in Bathurst.
"We also want to offer drivers in the area the opportunity to make more money on their own schedule - whether it's driving on the weekend, during morning and evening commutes, or just in their spare time," Smith said.
Ola will give Bathurst ride share drivers who complete their registration before the launch 100 per cent of the fare on every ride they take with the platform across a four week period. Mr Smith said Ola has already attracted 75,000 drivers across Australia, by offering lower commissions than their largest competitor, helping drivers earn more on every ride.
When Ola goes live to customers in the Bathurst area soon, new users will receive 30 per cent off all rides for their first two weeks from sign-up, up to a maximum discount of $10 per ride.
Mr Smith said 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 with friends, family and emergency services.