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First ride-hailing service launches in Kamloops today

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July 01, 2020 - 7:15 AM

Today is the first day people in Kamloops are able to use a ride-hailing app, but launching in the midst of a pandemic will make the experience a little different than expected.

Starting at 11 a.m. today, July 1, you can request a ride with KABU Ride on its app for smartphones. However, there are some precautions you’ll need to take before getting into a vehicle, according to a media release from the company.

All riders and drivers must wear a mask while in the vehicle. Between each ride, the car will be cleaned to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and frequent touch areas like door handles and window and door controls will be sanitized. A plastic partition will also be installed to separate the driver from the riders.

The app takes payments directly from a user’s phone, and no cash is accepted.

“KABU wants to be part of the solution as B.C.’s economy begins to ramp up again,” KABU president Billy Xiong says in the release. “We believe there’s a strong demand for ride-hailing services in Kamloops, and we want to provide employment opportunities for drivers who want to be their own boss and choose their own hours while earning a living wage.”

Although service starts at 11 a.m. for the company's Canada Day launch, regular hours will be from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and will run from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

You can download the app at the App Store or Google Play.

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