These taxis were presented on September 18, 2016.
Recently ranked by a US organization as 9th of the least friendly cities in the world, the economic metropolis wants to take advantage of the organization in Cameroon of the 2016 women AFCON (19 November to 3 December), to attract tourists, especially foreigners.
After launching a few days ago a website (www.douala.cm) to praise the strengths of the second largest city, the Douala Urban Community (DUC), has released 250 secure taxis called “Taxi Vairified“. The presentation of the new cars dedicated to urban transport was made on September 18, 2016.
Commenting on this information, La Nouvelle Expression (LNE), on newsstands this September 21 states that “the inhabitants of the city and the authorities saw scroll occasionally on several squares taxis stamped ” vairified ”. It is an innovative twist that will know the city on the occasion of the AFCON. “
According to the details of our colleague, “250 identified taxis are now in the service of the population and people going from the economic capital to join the town of Limbe, where matches will play. These are clean and identified taxis that are now available for a more controlled transportation in the city. Costs are 250 FCFA for a normal price. And because there is the possibility of making a phone call for a taxi, users disburse between 500 and 1500 FCFA. “
In his explanation, the Government Delegate of the DUC said:
“Foreigners are coming and we will also have to displace ourselves. Mobility is something important. We wanted to present a secure urban transport system. First taxis that will be connected to a database that can be called at any time and that gives you all the security, “said Fritz Ntone Ntone.
Motorcycles are connected to this network, informs LNE which also says that “according yo the delegate, we are moving to the withdrawal of unidentified taxis in circulation. For the Governor of the Region, who took part in this ceremony, beyond the taxi, it is about achieving a change in behavior of the inhabitants of the city for a better welcome to strangers “.