Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the newly established Transport and Logistics Company, ‘876 On The Go’, will revolutionise the local taxicab sector through the range of options available to passengers.
The company employs cutting-edge technology that enables the public to book cabs and facilitates payments, thus eliminating the need for cash on board.
This platform provides greater security for both the passengers and drivers, but is tailored and driven by a geographic information system that operates in a similar fashion as Uber, which is a ride-share app for fast, reliable rides originating in the United States.
To this end, the Minister is encouraging other players in the industry to continue diversifying and improving the various offerings to commuters.
Mr. Montague was speaking at the launch of 876 On The Go 24/7 Limited at the company’s offices located at 34-36 Old Hope Road in St. Andrew, on September 11.
“I really want to salute the taxi associations for the work that they have been doing, encouraging their drivers to adhere to the rules and also weeding out some of the bad apples within the system,” he said.
He congratulated Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Olivia Lindsay, for her vision in seeking to provide greater options to commuters.
“She has brought innovation to the industry and for it to grow, we have to innovate,” the Minister emphasised.
Mr. Montague noted that this falls in line with the Ministry and Government’s drive to transform the sector.
Meanwhile, Ms. Lindsay said the company was formed out of a need to provide first-class service to the commuting public.
She pointed out that passengers have the option to pay via cash, credit or debit card, thereby easing the methods of payment available. She also said persons are able to reserve their cabs for passenger or package delivery.
As a duly registered and incorporated transport and logistics company, 876 On The Go 24/7 Limited offers a full range of transportation and logistics services, moulded and shaped to suit the needs of the Jamaican marketplace.
The taxicab service includes courteous and well-attired drivers, in-cab tablet, WI-FI and a bottle of purified water for each passenger. In addition, each passenger is afforded the opportunity to critique and send feedback about services via the 876 On The Go app.
The company’s operation is streamlined through a command centre. The public, on the other hand, interfaces through the 876 On The Go app, which is available in the Google Play and App Store.
The easily downloaded app enables the commuting public to do advance bookings, make payments and live-track cabs, passengers and packages.
All trips are confirmed electronically with a photo of the assigned driver, the vehicle licence plate information along with his/her telephone contact details.
By: Chris Patterson