BY MISHMA CHAKANYUKA
Vaya has speeded the introduction of its new services, Vaya Carpool and Vaya Shuttle, in a bid to help ease the fuel and foreign currency crises in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe has been facing a crisis in fuel since last year in September and this has seen diesel and petrol prices going up several times, with the most recent increase occurring last week.
Foreign currency shortages have remained acute, even after the introduction of the interbank foreign exchange market and a local currency which has continued to devalue against several foreign currencies.
“It has been proven around the world that services like Vaya Carpool and Vaya Shuttle can encourage people to leave their own cars at home and use them only for weekends. With more people sharing vehicles, the impact will be huge for Zimbabwe as it will reduce fuel consumption and save foreign currency,” read a statement by Vaya.
“Another service set to reduce fuel costs and reduce cars on the roads is the planned launch of Vaya School Shuttle, which Cassava recently said was already
being piloted to pick-and-drop the children of Econet’s staff members.”
Cassava Smartech’s Vaya businesses chief executive, Dorothy Zimuto, said the Vaya Corporate Shuttle was meant for the group’s employees, while the Vaya School
Shuttle was meant for their school children.
“The minibuses and kombis used in the Vaya Shuttle service have carefully been selected for road worthiness and will have Wi-Fi on-board,” she said. To ensure
drivers are polite to passengers and that they drive carefully, she said Vaya would have a rating system and bad behaviour would lead to the driver being
suspended from the platform,” Zimuto said.
“It is not hard to see that parents can travel to work on either Vaya Carpool or Shuttle, while children are taken directly to school by the Vaya School
Shuttle. There will be fewer cars on the roads during the term. The benefits to the economy are a reduction in cars on the roads and that means less fuel used,
and less foreign currency spent on importing fuel. It is great for the economy.”
Vaya senior management have been engaging fuel suppliers to try and get priority access for active Vaya drivers.
Vaya is a ride-hailing application for safe and secure rides and package delivery. It has more than 20 000 registered vehicles that ply different routes.