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Bolt intends to utilise Ghana Card for rider validation

According to the ride-hailing company, the gathering was the result of several conversations it had with significant players in the market. Additionally, it emphasises the company’s dedication to promoting a culture of accountability, safety, and community involvement in the transportation sector.

Bolt Ghana is investigating the possibility of using the Ghana Card to validate drivers on its network. This was disclosed at a recent driver-led safety symposium in Accra, Ghana.

Bolt’s new safety measures: card option, dash cams, security training and more

One of the major initiatives being discussed at the conference titled “Safe for All: Navigating the Future of Transportation services” is the prospect of driver identification via the Ghana Card. Other projects consist of:

  • Enhanced Safety Communications: Putting up a forceful campaign to educate drivers and riders about safety regulations and best practices.
  • Dash cam usage: Promoting the use of dash cams to record and discourage any unfortunate events that may occur while travelling.
  • Card Option for New Riders at Night: Adding even more security to the rider experience by allowing newcomers to make purchases at night using a card.
  • Signalling High-Risk regions: Notifying motorists and cyclists to drive and ride cautiously in high-risk regions.
  • Security Training: We offer thorough security training to give our drivers and riders the tools they need to deal with difficult situations.

Bolt Senior Public Policy Manager, West Africa Weyinmi Aghadiuno spoke on these safety initiatives and the safety summit as a whole. She stated that the firm views safety as a joint duty and that, because driver partners are essential to its service, their wellbeing is a top priority.

At the Driver-led Safety Summit, George Annan Kesson Jr., speaking on behalf of the Ghana Online Driver Union, stressed the fundamental safety requirements of drivers, emphasising the necessity of rider verification and major improvements to road conditions, such as fixing broken street lights. He said that these important improvements will greatly help to create a safer atmosphere in the ride-hailing business for both drivers and riders.

In order to improve road safety in Ghana, we are dedicated to promoting open communication, offering education, enhancing our safety features, and cooperating with drivers and important regulatory authorities including the DVLA, NRSA, and The Police. This conference provides an essential forum for exchanging ideas and insights while working together to guarantee the safety of all parties involved in the ride-hailing ecosystem. Bolt will take initiative and seek to put these plans into effect, the speaker declared.

The Bolt Safety Summit

The summit took place at the Holiday Inn Hotel, which brought together drivers, industry regulators, law enforcement officers, safety experts, and leaders from the community convened to deliberate and execute strategies targeted at improving road safety for everybody.

The schedule of the Safety Summit featured a number of engaging workshops, roundtable talks, and educational events. The subjects discussed were road safety best practices, the difficulties faced by law enforcement and drivers in maintaining public safety, and the safety of both drivers and riders.

The continued partnership between Bolt, the industry regulator DVLA, and The Police is strengthened by the Driver-Led Safety Summit, which is a significant event that highlights their shared commitment to enhancing road safety in Ghana.

Police and DVLA commend Bolt for driver-led safety summit

Bolt received praise for organising the first driver-led safety summit from Inspector General of Police ACP Grace Ansah-Akrofi. She thanked Bolt for inviting her to talk about safety best practices in the transportation industry and acknowledged the company’s dedication to putting drivers’ and passengers’ safety first.

One noteworthy feature is that the massive ride-hailing company was the first in Ghana to actively interact with drivers to resolve safety concerns in such a large forum. Along with our committed drivers, we will strengthen safety protocols, protect lives, and greatly increase road safety. The police look forward to continuing their partnership with Bolt to promote safety on its platform.

DVLA’s Abraham Zato, Deputy Director of Research, Business Development, and Innovation, underlined the critical importance that cooperative efforts play in improving ride-hailing business safety.

“Safety is a shared duty that necessitates cooperation between platforms, drivers, and regulatory agencies. It is not a solo undertaking. “Bolt’s dedication to promoting this kind of cooperation is admirable and establishes a favourable standard for the sector,” the speaker stated.

The Manager of Regulations, Inspection, and Compliance at Ghana’s National Road Safety Authority, Kwabena Asare Mintah, emphasised the critical significance of technology and community engagement in advancing safety standards within the rapidly evolving transportation sector. He also stressed the importance of addressing driver-invoiced infrastructure concerns. He specifically listened to their concerns about things like fixing street lights and gave the drivers confidence that the NRSA would act quickly.

In an effort to improve safety for both drivers and riders on its network, Bolt has just embarked on a safety initiative. The company claims that it is aiming to use the National Identification Number (NIN) for rider authentication in Nigeria.

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