Scotland’s new taxi app Gett overtakes Uber in UK taxi wars

Scotland’s new taxi app Gett overtakes Uber in UK taxi wars
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Gett Taxi in front of Edinburgh Castle

Gett Taxi in front of Edinburgh Castle

Scotland, June 2015: Gett, the global on-demand app that works exclusively with licensed black cabs and Hackney Carriages across the UK, has become Britain’s biggest taxi app, overtaking Uber. Gett is now available in 25 cities across the country, the only app of its kind with true nationwide coverage.

Recent launches in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham drove a 950% increase in monthly downloads, and Gett brought forward its expansion plans to go live in 18 new cities, including Cambridge, Brighton, Bristol, Nottingham and Newcastle.

Today, Gett is launching £5 rides for customers in all the new cities.

Gett is on track to have 10,000 licensed cab drivers on the app this summer, and is leading the market by onboarding more than 1500 new drivers per month. To date Gett has signed up nearly 15% of all full time Hackney Carriage drivers across 18 new cities in just 4 weeks. The inbound demand has been so great Gett has had to create a waiting list for drivers wishing to come on board.

Gett customers travelling around the UK can now pre-book up to two weeks in advance or order rides for an immediate pick-up at both ends of the journey – being taken to the airport or train station in one city and being collected at the other end, all with just a few taps of the Gett app.

Edinburgh black cab driver, Derek Knox says “This is the easy way to more earnings. No radios, no phone bookings, no card machines, no monthly fees. Just a simple Tap on the App, it’s great and I am really enjoying the benefits.”

“There is no pressure to take a job. You don’t work for the app, the app works for you”, says Ralph Leith, Glasgow.

Remo Gerber, CEO of Gett in the UK said:

“With our expansion across Britain we now have truly nationwide coverage, offering Gett rides in over 20 of Britain’s biggest cities. This will bring real convenience to our customers – whether they’re travelling for business or for pleasure, they can use Gett wherever they go by booking a ride for an immediate pick-up or pre-booking up to two weeks in advance.

“We’re determined to offer not just the widest coverage but also the best service – we have 24/7 UK based telephone customer service, something not all of our rivals offer, so people can really trust Gett to look after them when they travel with us.

“In addition, Gett only works with licensed Black Cab and Hackney Carriage drivers. We are supporting the existing taxi infrastructure by making the best drivers more easily accessible to passengers – not just adding more and more traffic to the roads.”

Gett’s app has already powered 30 million rides around the world in just 5 years; as well as its British operation the company finds customers taxis in New York City, Moscow and Tel Aviv.

The company also has plans to start offering other products and services via its app – from food and health & beauty to home maintenance and dry cleaning.

New users can try the Gett app for free with £10 off their first ride using the coupon code ‘EDI10’. The app is available to download from the App Store and Android Market.

About Gett

Gett is the UK’s only nationwide taxi app with operations in London and 24 other cities. Gett works exclusively with licensed black cabs and hackney carriages, and is the only app offering a 100% black cab guarantee in London, with all passengers being driven by a highly trained London cabbie.

Internationally, the Gett app connects riders with cabs in New York City, Moscow, St Petersburg, and Tel Aviv. In just 5 years, Gett’s technology has made 30 million cab journeys possible around the world.

Gett offers booking in advance, pricing by the meter, no surge-pricing and 24/7 UK based telephone customer service.

Founded in 2010, Gett secured $150 million of venture capital funding in August 2014. Expansion plans for summer 2015 include providing new products and services via Gett’s app technology – from beauty and home maintenance to dry cleaning and food & drink – all with just a few taps of the Gett app.

The Gett app can be downloaded onto iPhone and Android devices.

Gett’s 25 British cities are: London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow, Oxford, Cambridge, Reading, Slough, Milton Keynes, Brighton, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Leicester, Coventry, Sheffield, Nottingham, Bradford, Hull, and Newcastle.

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