The 1st Goan taxi service app is here now. Goa does not have OLA or UBER, but today, on the 6th of August, at 5.30PM one could witness the launch ceremony of GoaMiles – an initiative of GTDC, in presence of honorable Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar flag off the app!
The time has finally come for Goa to step on the accelerator towards convenient travels with GoaMiles, an initiative by GTDC.
What doesn’t is the stress that a lot of tourists face on holiday when it comes to dealing with the taxi situation. If it’s not exorbitant rates for a round trip, whatever the distance, it’s a taxi strike which inconveniences tourists coming or leaving the state. Those are just two examples of the troubles with taxi operators in Goa. However, it seems like these troubles could soon be a thing of the past.
he app has been in its final testing stages over the last couple of months. It’s all set to be released this coming week, with at least 2,800 taxis that have shown interest in signing up. With the launch of GOAMILES, tourists will be able to breathe easier and stress less over finding convenient modes of transport in the state.
So far, 2,800 taxis have signed up to be a part of GOAMILES. This is encouraging and therefore, these taxi drivers will be trained in etiquette, knowledge of tourist places, basic first aid, knowledge of culture and traditions of Goa so that they can emerge as Brand Ambassadors for Goa Tourism.
The app also offers something that Goa has never had before. Passengers can rate their taxi drivers. If a driver gets consistently high ratings, he gets the most business. “We want to ensure that GOAMILES passengers are served only by the best licensed and regulated drivers,” said Cabral adding, “Our ability to let consumers rate their rides means that drivers will have to step up their level of service. Consumers will have a voice, and this will improve the taxi business for all.”
Another interesting feature is that the app has a “last driver” feature that connects passengers instantly with the driver so they can arrange to retrieve any articles left behind.
GOAMILES is available for download on the Google Playstore as well the AppStore. When passengers request a ride, the nearest taxi will see the location, confirm pick-up and arrival time.