KUCHING: City folk and visitors can enjoy free taxi rides for a week when they book a cab using the MyTeksi mobile booking application.
The popular homegrown app is waiving all taxi fares worth RM30 and below in conjunction with its official launch in Kuching yesterday following a successful beta trial.
MyTeksi deputy general manager Jaygan Fu said the promotion, which runs until June 4, offers a discount of up to RM30 when users key in “kuching” in the “Promo Code” box when booking a taxi.
“If the MyTeksi ride fare is below RM30, it will be free. If the fare is above RM30, the passenger only needs to pay the balance,” he said at the app’s launch at Plaza Merdeka here.
First-time users will have to download the app, which is available for free on Google Play, App Store, Windows store and selected Blackberry smartphones.
Fu said the promotion was for unlimited use, so passengers can keep redeeming the code throughout its weeklong duration. It is valid for taxi rides within Kuching city only.
Explaining how the app works, he said MyTeksi automatically detects the passenger’s current location using the smartphone’s built-in GPS (global positioning system) and shows the number of taxis available within a certain radius.
After the passenger selects his destination, the booking request is sent to taxi drivers within the radius and the one nearest to the passenger gets the job.
The passenger will receive a booking confirmation within a minute, along with information like the taxi number and driver’s details.
“You can track your taxi’s location through GPS. You can also share your ride through SMS, email or sharing a link with friends and family so that they can track your journey in real time,” Fu said, adding that this was part of the app’s core values of safety, certainty and speed.
MyTeksi will also support the upcoming Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) by helping to provide public transportation to the festival venue in Santubong.
Welcoming the service, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive Datuk Rashid Khan said MyTeksi would mitigate traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions in line with RWMF’s aim of contributing towards greening efforts.
“We encourage people to use public transport to the venue, so this is appropriate timing for the MyTeksi app to be introduced,” he said.
He hoped MyTeksi would not only focus on Kuching but expand to other towns in Sarawak in the future.