Ride-hailing platform Bolt has forged a partnership with Rubis Energy Kenya to offer drivers who operate on the Bolt platform discounted prices on fuel commodities in a bid to cushion drivers from the escalating fuel prices witnessed in recent times.
The partnership will see Bolt drivers get a prepaid RUBiS Card that will allow them to enjoy a Ksh4 discount per litre of fuel. The offer will be automatically applied on all fuel purchases made by drivers on the Bolt platform using the RUBiS Card at any RUBiS, Kenol, Kobil and Gulf Energy stations countrywide.
“We acknowledge the huge financial burden on the drivers concerning the increased fuel prices in the country and how this affects their overall earnings. Our analysis shows that a primary car driver already spends over Ksh34,000 on fuel per month, forming a substantial portion of their monthly earnings. We believe that this collaboration with RUBiS Energy Kenya will make it possible for drivers to access clean fuel at an affordable price, thereby improving their take-home earnings,” said Kenneth Micah, Regional Manager, Bolt East Africa.
The drivers must fill in a google form provided by Bolt to benefit from the incentive and collect their cards at the RUBiS Station specified in each form (one pick-up point per city). The drivers can conveniently top-up their RUBiS card either through instant M-Pesa mobile money (Paybill number that will be provided) or through a direct cash top-up at any RUBiS, Kenol, Kobil and Gulf Energy Service station countrywide.
The RUBiS Card is a fuel management system that gives motorists total control of their fuel-related expenses and convenience as it transacts on a real-time settlement platform. It is based on smart card technology and offers practicality and efficiency when making payments at the station.
“Our primary purpose at RUBiS is to bring convenience and value to our customers, with the promise of ‘Making your life’s journey better’. With this, we are proud to partner with Bolt to offer drivers convenience, value, and a world-class experience with the RUBiS Card at our retail service stations,” said Jean-Christian Bergeron – Group CEO and Managing Director RUBiS Energy East Africa.
The RUBiS cards will be available to drivers on the Bolt platform at a negotiated amount of Ksh350. Bolt will subsidize about five litres worth of fuel to its top 1,000 drivers.