New rideshare service to launch on Gold Coast

A new rideshare service is set to launch on the Gold Coast promising cheaper fares and better rates for drivers.

DiDi plans to give Uber and Ola a run for their money after successful launches around the country.

The Gold Coast will be the fifth market the service is launching in when it kicks off on Monday.


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DiDi spokesperson Dan Jordan says the service is now available to around 3 million people in Australia.

“We’ve been in Australia for a bit over a year now, we’re live in Melbourne, Geelong, Newcastle and Brisbane as of July and we’re really excited to bring our affordable and safe ride share service to the Gold Coast,” Mr Jordan said.

DiDi is promising a better deal for both riders and drivers than what they get with other services.

“We’re on average about 10 per cent more affordable than the other ride sharing services,” Mr Jordan says.

The service will offer special deals for Gold Coasters who sign up including free and heavily discounted trips as it tries to get a foothold in the city.

Its fees for drivers are also significantly cheaper, charging them just 5.5 per cent.

That’s less than Uber’s 27.5 per cent and Ola’s 15 per cent.

DiDi will be hoping that’s a great incentive for drivers to sign up after being criticised by users in other cities for the lack of available drivers.

It’s also offering four weeks of no service charge to drivers who sign up.

The company is also promising that its service is completely safe.

“We’ve got a comprehensive safety tool kit which has a lot of measures in place to ensure the safety of DiDi users, including an SOS button and 24 hour customer service support.

The company also says it conducts vigorous driver vetting processes.

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Please don’t call them ride share services. They are taxis pure and simple.