“WE’RE excited to be here” is how driver relations manager Varya Foreman summed up GoCatch’s first foray into Muswellbrook this week.
The rideshare platform hosted a training day in town on Wednesday to outline the requirements for licence holders and vehicle safety, as well as the online payment system.
And, more than 20 local residents registered an interest in becoming drivers in the inaugural roll-out of the initiative.
“We’re super stoked to be in Muswellbrook – and delighted with the response,” Ms Foreman said.
“Especially, since this is the first regional pilot program.
“It’s a great area.
“We’ve been in constant contact with [Muswellbrook Shire] council, who advised us of the demand for such a service in the region.
“There are a lot of people who need to get around and, due to a lack of public transport alternatives, we’re providing an extra option.
“GoCatch will allow residents to travel from A to B in a safe environment.”
The rideshare platform operates from a smartphone app.
The service pays its drivers 85 per cent of the fare, deposited straight into their bank account the day after the job.
So, it allows drivers to work as much or as little as they like.
Earlier in the week, council’s general manager Steve McDonald said he was pleased with the amount of local interest in building new economic opportunities in the shire.
“Council’s commitment to encouraging economic diversity by facilitating new businesses depends on the willingness of the community to embrace these opportunities,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to see people approaching this with enthusiasm and an open mind.”
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