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In São Paulo, as in most cities, Uber and other ride-hailing apps have become a common way of getting around. On introduction, those apps charged low fees for both drivers and riders. But once the apps implemented higher costs for São Paulo drivers plus passenger surge pricing, vocal dissent followed. That led some to return to regular taxis, and to the city government building its own competing app.
Launched this month, MobizapSP aims to "improve the conditions of accessibility and urban mobility for citizens, focusing on ease, efficiency, safety and fair pricing." No surge pricing for passengers and a low fee for drivers. While commercial apps currently charge drivers up to 40%, MobizapSP will apply a fixed rate of 10.95%.
Pre-launch, around 20,000 users registered their interest in using the platform, which is currently signing up and vetting drivers before opening the app to passengers. As of yesterday, over 15,500 drivers had registered.
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