July 27, 2017

Taxi app Gett puts London cabbie in driving seat as it takes on Uber

Gett app ride info screen
Image Courtesy of Gett

Gett allows app users to book licensed cabs Israeli taxi app Gett has hired a former London cabbie to lead its drive against Uber as it capitalises on unrest at its US rival.

Russell Hall, who was a taxi driver for 33 years before founding Hailo, is joining as head of driver operations to become the main point of contact for Gett drivers.

The Volkswagen-backed company, which allows users to book licensed cabs, said hiring Hall would help it “achieve its aim of putting drivers first”.

It comes as San Francisco-based Uber grapples with discontent among its drivers, with unions pushing for more rights.

Hall, who left Hailo when it was sold last year to Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, said: “Gett are very ambitious in taking on Uber – that would be the message to the general public, but also to London taxi drivers.”

Gett’s UK managing director Matteo De Renzi said: “Gett is growing incredibly quickly so we want to ensure that drivers remain at the heart of our business. This makes this role more important than ever.” Reuse content

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