Uber-Style Transportation Service Coming To SVG

By Demion McTair Updated 3:49 a.m., Friday, 17 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Three Vincentians have created a new Uber-style transportation mobile application called Route in order to promote a better transportation system in the country.

In an article sent to One News SVG on Thursday, the team said Route is a platform that connects riders in any given area to drivers that are ready to take you from one place to another.

The app brings to St. Vincent and the Grenadines a modern, first-world approach to transportation and can almost be likened to Uber.

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Uber is an organisation with a smartphone app that will find, summon, and pay the fare of a cab/taxi for you in many cities, according to Quora.

The accepting Uber driver will then come and pick you up and drive you to your requested destination.

With Route, the entity said “Anyone who has the Rider’s app and wants a ride can place a request in the app, which will then notify the nearest drivers. The first driver to accept your request will arrive at your location to pick you up and drop you off at your desired destination. You will be notified about the transportation fare before you are able to book a ride”.

Link to the application

Route’s goal is to get individuals around the country at any given time with comfort and a peace of mind.

The team of three young Vincentian entrepreneurs is comprised of Terry Clarke (Affiliate of ACCA), Richard Codougan (student, Bsc. Nautical Science/ Maritime Operations) and, Lawrence Bascombe (Bsc. Major in Marketing, Minor in Management).

The team said they have seen the need for a better transportation system in St. Vincent and the Grenadines so that the citizens as well as visitors are able to go about their daily lives without having fears of knowing how they will get from point A to point B at any given time.

“After doing some market research, the team found that many Vincentians are seeking alternative means of transportation especially during late evenings and nights, Terry Clarke explained. As one interviewee stated, “Route will be very convenient for me because I finish work very late at times and it’s quite difficult to get transportation to get home after my shift because I don’t have my own vehicle.”” – the article stated.

Vincentians have been calling for alternative public transportation for a while now.

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Route: St. Vincent and The Grenadines’ Own Ride Sharing

Have you ever had to miss out on a social event because you weren’t sure how you will get back home? Or maybe you had to leave an event too early for the fear of not getting a bus to go home when the event is finished; probably you were late for school, work or an interview because it was difficult to get public transportation?

Well a solution is coming your way.

A team of three young Vincentian entrepreneurs, namely Terry Clarke (Affiliate of ACCA), Richard Codougan (student, Bsc. Nautical Science/ Maritime Operations) and Lawrence Bascombe (Bsc. Major in Marketing, Minor in Management) have seen the need for a better transportation system in St. Vincent and the Grenadines so that the citizens as well as visitors are able to go about their daily lives without having fears of knowing how they will get from point A to point B at any given time.

Route is a platform that connects riders in any given area to drivers that are ready to take you from one place to another.

Why Route?

After doing some market research, the team found that many Vincentians are seeking alternative means of transportation especially during late evenings and nights, Terry Clarke explained. As one interviewee stated, “Route will be very convenient for me because I finish work very late at times and it’s quite difficult to get transportation to get home after my shift because I don’t have my own vehicle.”

Route’s goal is to get individuals around the country at any given time with confort and a peace of mind

 How it works?

As explained By Lawrence, Route will have 2 apps: 1 for the riders (Route Customer)  and the other for the drivers (Route Driver).

Anyone who has the Rider’s app and wants a ride can place a request in the app, which will then notify the nearest drivers. The first driver to accept your request will arrive at your location to pick you up and drop you off at your desired destination. You will be notified about the transportation fare before you are able to book a ride.

The platform is quite simple and user friendly. With regards to safety, Richard asserte, “Route takes security and safety quite seriously.” To become a Route Driver, the team will be approving all applicants individually. The mandatory requirements are as follows:

1.       A recent Driver’s photo

2.       Motor vehicle license and registration

3.       A valid driver’s licence

4.       A copy of motor vehicle insurance

All documents can be uploaded within seconds in the app.

In the app, all Route Riders are allowed to have 3 emergency contacts stored, in which case a SOS panic button is provided and Route, the Police and emergency contacts will be notified of your current location if there is any emergency. Therefore, Route SVG is aware of the current location of every ride that is booked.

Recruiting Drivers

Currently, Route is seeking drivers who have their own vehicles and are interested in making an extra income and working flexible hours.

The Route Driver app can be found on both App Store and Google Play Store.

Written by onenewsstvincent

One News St. Vincent is a subsidiary of ONE NEWS MEDIA which also includes Campus Reporter News (UWI Mona) and Secrets of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Travel and Tourism site. One News St. Vincent was founded on March 25, 2020. It is designed to bring a fresh social media engagement approach to news presentation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the rest of the eastern Caribbean.

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