With the introduction of the ride-hailing business into the Maltese transportation market, a lot of discussion and deliberation has been held by individuals within the public sector into the use of this service as a primary method of transportation, and as an alternative to the purchasing of traditional privately owned vehicles.
Ride-hailing has been warmly welcomed as the next step in the modernization of traditional chauffer driven taxi services, where customers are able to hail vehicles, locate drivers and view prices beforehand, all done through the simplicity of a single downloadable application on any handheld device.
With the majority of the Maltese population preference on purchasing and driving their privately owned vehicles around the island, the annual introduction of newly licenced drivers each year serves to add to the growing concerns of limited public transport services, traffic and congestion around the island. Ride-hailing’s rise in popularity over the last few years was mainly due to fundamental characteristics which combat the daily issues privately vehicle owners battle on a daily basis; safety, economy, parking and accessibility. Through these crucial attributes, newer ride-hailing companies like Famalco Group’s iGO, offer their customers an excellent transport alternative over car ownership.
The use of ride-hailing is a fantastic step in maximizing individual safety when on the road. The use of this service, especially during the evening, may serve as a way to lift constraints on an enjoyable night out, where the ride-hailing service becomes the night’s designated driver, ensuring that you are avoiding any unfortunate accidents. The service always provides customers with attentively assessed and qualified drivers, whose visible user rating is on display guaranteeing professional service at all times.
Economically impactful benefits brought on by the ride-hailing services are not to be taken lightly. Ride-hailing initiatives such as the aforementioned iGO offer fantastic incentives for any enterprising drivers looking for full-time or part-time employment within the mobility industry.
A part-solution implemented by ride-hailing companies, in an effort to reduce traffic congestion is the introduction of ride-sharing. This concept is a carpooling initiative which shares the same objective as ride-hailing, where while the customer rides towards their destination, other individuals heading in the same direction may be picked-up along the way. The ride-sharing service proves to be a great approach in consideration to the number of cars on the road, reducing the environmental impact and ride costs.
With an unquestionable convince and accessibility factor of being able to request a ride without any of the parking or fuel consumption hassles, ride-hailing popularity is sure to keep growing on the island, positively impacting the lives of many Maltese drivers as well as those unable to drive due to restricted mobility. Ride-hailing grants the individual independence from the use of public transportation and the reliance on family and friends.