Ride-share app a hoot

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

I AM a sup­porter of Cairns Taxis and have yet to book an Uber but of­ten I did use an Asian equiv­a­lent called GoJek’s Go-Car app in In­done­sia ear­lier this month and was im­pressed.

Quite frankly, un­less you get the Blue­bird me­ter taxi in Bali, which can be hit and miss, the other taxi driv­ers are rip-off mer­chants.

Gen­er­ally a fare from the air­port to Kuta is about $10 but the greedy taxi driv­ers de­mand $20 and af­ter bar­ter­ing about $17.

By con­trast Go-Car charges just $2.40. I don’t know how they make money and I usu­ally gave the driver $5.

Af­ter or­der­ing the car you are sent a photo and name of the driver, a de­scrip­tion and regis­tra­tion of the ve­hi­cle.

They mainly use late model Toy­ota Avan­zas, a small mini­van with three tiers of seats (pic­tured above).

The cars are usu­ally im­mac­u­late, the driv­ers are well dressed and speak rea­son­able English.

The app shows the lo­ca­tion of the ve­hi­cle and its progress to your pick-up point.

They text or phone you if there is a prob­lem.

For ex­am­ple, I or­dered a car and it broke down. The driver texted me to say he had bro­ken down but in the con­fu­sion I or­dered another Go-Car as I had to catch a plane.

The first driver then ar­rived in another ve­hi­cle and came to the ho­tel lobby look­ing for me.

Un­for­tu­nately, at the same time, the sec­ond car ar­rived and I ended up giv­ing the other driver the fare of $2.40 (ac­tu­ally $5) to keep the peace. All in all, a good ex­pe­ri­ence. They are not al­lowed to pick up from within the air­port prop­erty so you have to or­der and go out­side the air­port perime­ter to get col­lected.

It’s a bit dif­fi­cult if you rely on Wi-Fi though.

Driv­ing in In­done­sia is risky. Over­tak­ing on the in­side as well into on­com­ing traf­fic is nor­mal.

I saw po­lice with sev­eral ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­bikes, sirens wail­ing and lights blaz­ing, es­cort a Har­ley Own­ers Group and they took the con­voy on the op­po­site side of the road, forc­ing other users to yield.

The lat­est Mazda6 sedan is their high­way pa­trol car.

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