A taxi driver shows off his newly purchased Andriod phone which includes TaxiMonger's service application. Picture by Hussein Shaharuddin/The Mole
KUALA LUMPUR: The “Open Day For Cabbies in Klang Valley” drew a crowd of taxi drivers eager to find out about TaxiMonger Sdn Bhd promotion of a virtual taxi call-centre which handles bookings and reviews online.
Many cabbies took time off from their busy schedules to attend this one day event held at the Wisma Sejarah in Jalan Tun Razak, here, yesterday.
Cabbies were able to check out the value-for-money Android phones and special data plan packages which include the TaxiMonger’s application feature.
Taxi driver Razali Ahmad said he purchased the RM88 monthly plan with the hope of keeping up to date with the latest technology and at the same time to earn more money.
“What drew me to this package is its three-in-one application, where I can find passengers easily, find my way while driving on unfamiliar roads and to ensure my safety while driving,’’ said the 61-year-old.
Meanwhile, cabbie Mohd Zaki Abdul Kadir said he hopes the package will help him find more clients.
Zaki who works for Public Cab Sdn Bhd said: “Calling RadioCab is difficult, there is too much competition with other taxi drivers.”
“I have to make about RM100-150 a day which makes it quite a challenge, “ he added.
TaxiMonger offers free three months' subscription fees worth RM150 for the first 1,000 taxi drivers who registered for its services at the open day.
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar officiated the event, saying the TaxiMonger’s effort to improve Malaysia’s taxi industry will benefit both taxi driver and customer.
Also launched at the event was the virtual bodyguard system which is a personal safety application incorporated by SECQME Sdn Bhd specifically designed to ensure the safety of those onboard.
The application helps monitor the passenger once he or she enters the cab all the way to their destination.
Phones available at the Open Day were ZTE Blade priced at RM350 and Huawei IDEOS X3 at RM280. Cabbies were also offered a RM38 per month data plan which will enable them to operate TaxiMonger’s app on the go.
Taxi Monger initiated its referral program and its “Stick & Win RM100” contest from July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2013 which aims to reward taxi drivers with a cash reward of RM150 for introducing 10 new cabbies to sign up with TaxiMonger’s subscription plan.
Taxi drivers will also stand a chance to win RM100 if spotted with aTaxiMonger’s car sticker on their side window.
The company's founder Nizran Noordin plans to expand the idea to other states such as Penang and Johor Bharu.