Bolt Expands Ride-Hailing Services to Nepal, Offering Competitive Rates and New Safety Features
Super-app Bolt has announced the expansion of its mobility services to Nepal, offering its ride-hailing service in the country’s capital, Kathmandu. The company has started testing the service with over 400 local drivers from Wednesday, aiming to attract riders to its platform by waiving the registration fee and commission for at least the first six months.
According to Bolt, the ride-hailing service will offer a 15 percent cheaper fee than competing companies, with added safety features such as an SOS button, in-app calls, and real-time trip sharing. The company emphasizes that drivers registered on the platform can earn money by accepting rides, provided they have a car or motorcycle and meet all local regulatory requirements.
“Passengers can easily request the driver to pick them up wherever they are and take them in a fast, reliable and affordable way,” the statement issued by Bolt said. The company’s app also allows both riders and drivers to access in-app calls and messages without revealing their phone numbers, ensuring privacy and security.
Passengers can download the Bolt app on iOS or Android and set up a user profile to request a ride. The app provides an advance cost estimate for the trip, and after passengers accept it, nearby drivers are alerted to accept the ride. After a driver accepts a ride, passengers can view their details and track them in real-time to ensure their safety.
The company’s entry into the Nepalese market is expected to bring competition to the ride-hailing industry, providing more options for commuters and potentially lowering prices.