Ola hits the road in 3 more cities in Australia, signs up 30,000 drivers

Sangeetha Chengappa Bengaluru | Updated on May 22, 2018

Plans to launch in Adelaide, Darwin, and Hobart soon

After Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, ride-sharing platform Ola is now available in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Canberra.

To celebrate its launch in these cities, Ola is offering discounted rides from today. Customers can download the Ola app from Google Play or the iOS App Store, register for an Ola account and begin booking rides.

Ola has invited driver-partners to sign up and reap the benefits of a 7.5 per cent introductory commission rate and daily payments. Over 30,000 driver-partners have registered on the Ola platform across Australia, within three months of its launch. Commenting on the launch, Chandra Nath, Vice-President, Head of International, Ola, said, “As we continue to expand across Australia, we have seen that customers and driver-partners are choosing Ola over competitors for the best ride share experience possible. By doing so, everyone is choosing an affordable and better way to move.”

Bonding with partners

A company statement said Ola will continue to build trust with its driver-partners by offering higher earnings and a range of initiatives, including Community Town Halls, the first of which took place in Perth in April and was attended by over 100 driver-partners.

The next event is scheduled for Sydney in the coming weeks, with similar events planned for all cities as part of Ola’s commitment to having a driver-partner-focussed approach to ride-sharing.

Over the coming months, Ola will work with local stakeholders to continue its rollout in Australia, with future launch cities including Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart.

Uber, Ola’s arch rival in India and now in Australia, entered the Australia market in November 2012 and is currently present in 19 cities, including Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

Published on May 22, 2018

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