British-Nigerian woman identified as Sade Agboola has launched a women-only drivers taxi company in London. The single mother of one started the innovative means of daily commuting to offer women a safe and reliable alternative to minicab services and public transport in London.
Her company, Annisa car, which plans to only accept women and children only as passengers will kick off operation in South London with future plans to expand into other parts of the city in a very short time.
Sade’s innovation is coming in at time when Uber is facing serious challenges in the city. Of recent there have been series of complaints from passengers on the world’s most popular Taxi hailing App company, and this could be an opportunity for Amnisa to take a sizable portion of the market in London.
Transport for London (TFL), the entity that regulates all transport activities in London, banned Uber in October from operating within the city citing the company’s ineffectual approach to reporting criminal offenses and its way of carrying out background checks on drivers.
Though Uber has appealed the TFL’s decision in court which is yet to deliver a ruling, the emergence of services like Agboola’s Annisa car that promises better security and safety presents another headache for Uber in London.
Agboola was obviously excited as she shared her thoughts on the launch of the business and the value that they have to offer to their potential clients.
“It is quite entrepreneurial but I never thought about it like that, I had the idea a couple of years ago and since December 2016 I’ve been doing a lot of research and work to put it together.
“I have been amazed that no one else has thought of this idea before. Also a lot of mums have children and struggle to get back into work or find a job that gives them that flexibility and hopefully by having women-only drivers and guardians we can provide a flexible and supportive environment for them.
“Whether people choose to work with us full or part-time is up to them, but we will be offering holiday pay for people working on a freelance basis so they know we support them.”
Meanwhile the business has already been attracting considerable patronage with some of the passengers already leaving positive reviews on the new taxi company’s website for excellent service delivery.