Bolt expands with ride-hailing offer in Belgium

As the debate on taxi services and ride-hailing in Brussels rages on, newcomer Bolt puts its cards on the table. Estonian company Bolt – previously known as Taxify – expands its e-scooter offer in Brussels with ride-hailing, as a competitor to Uber. The relatively young company doesn’t want to add oil to the fire and says it wishes to work with private drivers as well as taxi companies.

The subject of ride-hailing in Brussels is at the heart of a heated debate. After numerous revendications from both sides, a strange ban on the use of smartphones, a new rule that puts everyone on the same level, and, finally, an agreement on the reform of taxis, the issue isn’t closed yet.

Third player

After Uber and Heetch, Bolt now joins the ride-hailing game in Brussels. The young company bord in Tallinn in 2013 (as Taxify) is already playing on Belgian turf with its free-floating scooters. But Bolt isn’t limited to the renting of two-wheelers.

Active in 45 European and African countries, it counts 100 million clients and works with 2,5 million drivers. Estimated at €7,4 billion, Bolt offers a plethora of services, from free-floating renting to ride-hailing, car-sharing, and even food delivery.

Hand in hand with taxis

As not to add oil on the fire, Bolt’s Belgium country manager, Laurent Pantusa, explains his strategy. The director wants to convince drivers to work with his company, whether they are private or taxi drivers. Bolt is already operating in such ways in Germany and Spain, and it ensures that the cohabitation between both works well.

Bolt puts its low commission (15%) forward as the major incentive. Price for a ride on the 19 municipalities and the Flemish periphery including the airport will be set at a minimum of €8 with additional costs of 1,25 euro/km and 0,30 euro/min.

“Our ambition is to combine our international knowledge with the local Brussels market in Belgium. We are convinced that we can provide solutions to heavy traffic in Brussels and the mobility debate in Belgium.”

“Our ultimate ambition is to reduce private car use and provide affordable solutions for our users while generating a fair income for our drivers,” declares Laurent Pantusa in a recent press release.


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