By Brinkwire.com-FRENCH ride-hailing app Kapten is to launch in London – claiming they are cheaper than Uber.
The firm, which is formerly known as “Chauffeur Prive”, has been approved by Transport for London to launch in the capital.
The firm claims they are “cheaper” than Uber and the city’s historic black cabs and are offering 50% off when they launch in the UK.
“There has been one dominant, overconfident ride-hailing player in the field and it’s time to shake things up,” Kapten general manager Mariusz Zabrocki said.
“We believe London’s private-hire drivers, commuters and residents deserve better.”
The app will serve zones 1 to 5 and after initial offers expire it will be on average 20% cheaper than competing services, it is claimed.
Kapten trips in the congestion charge zone will be at least £2 cheaper than Uber due to congestion and clean-air fees.
They also offer a fixed-price guarantee on rides, so you always know the exact price of the ride before you book it.
The traffic and the time it takes to reach your destination will not add to the cost.
The firm unveiled ads in London today which took aim at their rival Uber, accusing the US firm of not paying tax.
“Others avoid paying VAT in the UK, that’s not uber cool” the signs say, appearing in areas across the capital including Leicester Square.
Kapten says they pay their taxes locally in each country they operate in, which contributes to local services such as the NHS.
Uber, however, has come under fire for paying very little tax to the UK government.