- Three weeks after Ola revealed plans to start operations in London, the company said on Tuesday that more than 10,000 drivers of private hire vehicles (PHV) in the UK capital
Three weeks after Ola revealed plans to start operations in London, the company said on Tuesday that more than 10,000 drivers of private hire vehicles (PHV) in the UK capital have registered on the website.
A release said the company is planning to begin operations in London in the coming weeks.
For the first two months after the release, Ola will not charge a fee, enabling drivers to keep 100% of their earnings from the app.
Ola will continue to provide drivers with the best revenue share in the future, allowing them to keep more of their earnings in line with the unique driver-centered strategy of the company, the statement said.
More than 10,000 London drivers have signed up for driving with Ola online and offline over the past three weeks and completed the requisite tests. Driver records have been checked and Ola’s introduction of mandatory training modules would help ensure drivers are ready to use the platform when it begins, the statement added.
“Some engagement with drivers in the city has given us the opportunity to create a platform that best serves their needs and those of customers… a large number of these registrations have taken place through referrals and word of mouth among drivers, reiterating their trust in the Ola platform and the attractiveness of our bid.
Ola has expanded rapidly since its arrival in the UK last year, working across 27 local authorities. The company says rides in towns, like Birmingham, Coventry, and Warwick, have risen more than double-digit in the last decade. To date, Ola has provided more than 11,000 drivers on the platform outside London with around 3 million rides, it said.
All drivers on the Ola platform are license holders of PHV, licensed by Transport for London (TfL) to drive and expand their services to customers.
It requires compulsory report authentication, enhanced criminal record screening, disclosure and barring (DBS) training and medical examination among other TfL requirements. Drivers will also need to go through Ola’s mandatory training program that familiarizes them with the company’s customer service, app and device use, security features, and various support avenues.