Bolt - one of the UK's largest ride-hailing apps with 3.5 million passengers across the country and 75 million users globally - is launching in Derby today, Thursday 11 November, as it continues its UK-wide roll-out.
Having recently launched in Nottingham and Sheffield, the mobility app is expanding to Derby as it says it looks to "support the city’s taxi drivers" and an alternative to existing competitors in the city.
As part of the launch, drivers from Nottingham and Sheffield will also be able to operate with Bolt in the Derby catchment too, which the company believes will give drivers "higher earning potential" and ultimately help meet the current levels of demand.
Following its launch in Nottingham in August, the ride-hailing app reported particularly high activity over the Halloween weekend with a 40% week-on-week increase in Bolt trips around town. Drivers in Derby can expect to pay only 7.5% commission for the first 2 months of operation if they sign up by 19 November, rising to a still market-leading 15% thereafter.
Bolt says it service offers shorter wait times and more affordable rates than its competitors.
Bolt rides in Europe are also 100% carbon-neutral as part of Bolt’s Green Plan, a long-term commitment to reduce the ecological footprint of the company.
Sam Raciti, Bolt’s UK General Manager, said: “As we continue our national expansion, we’re excited to be launching into Derby to help support local taxi drivers and also meet the levels of demand we’re experiencing nationwide. We can’t wait to get started operating in this tight-knit, warm community and, with drivers able to work in both Derby and Nottingham, passengers will be able to get about the two cities affordably and quickly.”
Following its recent launches in Nottingham, Sheffield and Cambridge, Bolt’s latest expansion in the East Midlands extends the reach of the ride-hailing app across the area, which now has a presence in 13 cities around the UK.