Read on how Dart is creating more jobs for Bruneians and improving passenger experience on Business Section of Borneo Bulletin on 15th May 2017
1. You're going to the Airport.
Going on holiday should be a relaxing experience. (You deserve a break, after all.) There’s only one catch: having to leave your car behind at the airport. Most people get around this difficulty by asking a friend or family member to drop them off – but why be a source of inconvenience? Especially if it’s an early-morning or late flight. Instead, call a Dart Taxi and start your vacation guilt free...
2. You're going somewhere with limited parking.
Ever tried to find a parking space in Gadong in the evening? Or at Times Square…anytime? Brunei has one of the highest vehicle ownership rates in the world, and traffic congestion is an ever-growing nightmare. If you’re going to a place where you know the parking will be scarce, why risk it? Hire a Dart Taxi and enjoy the feeling of smugness as you watch the other poor drivers circle the car park for the umpteenth time.
3. You're going to a wedding.
Technically, this falls under Reason 2. But it really deserves its own special place on the list. I mean, have you ever tried to find parking at a local wedding? I rest my case.
4. Your car isn't available.
Maybe it’s broken down. Maybe it’s in the shop for repairs. Maybe your brother/sister/cousin/distant relative decided to borrow it today. Who knows? There are a million reasons why your normal car might not be available at the moment. In the old days, if you couldn’t get a lift from someone, that meant you were stranded. But now there is a genuine alternative – Dart!
5. You don't own a car.
Of course, not everyone can afford their own car. And many people make do with buses instead. But sometimes you need to go somewhere specific, and it’s just too far to walk. (This is Brunei – it’s hot!) In these situations, consider using a Dart Taxi. It’s well worth the occasional expense!
6. Sometimes you just don't feel like driving.
Picture the scene: It’s a Wednesday evening, 6:00pm. It’s raining. You’ve just got back from work. You’re tired, miserable, and Friday seems a long way away. But the whole family is determined to catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster at 7:30 – and YOU’RE the designated driver. Why should you be the only one to suffer? Call a Dart Taxi and sit back and relax, content in the knowledge that someone else will handle all the driving...
7. You get to meet the local taxi drivers.
Some of these gentlemen (and ladies!) have been working as taxi drivers for close to twenty years, and they tell terrific stories about Brunei’s history. It is fascinating to be driven around by someone who has watched the country grow and develop over the years, and to benefit from their words of wisdom. Many also have a great sense of humour!
8. It's safe.
At Dart, our number one concern is your safety. That’s why we extensively screen all potential drivers before allowing them to use our technology. In any case, all the details of your journey – time, location, destination, driver, vehicle – are saved on our databases, to be reviewed immediately if something goes amiss. (Don’t worry: it’s all confidential.) As I said, we take your safety very seriously.
9. It's patriotic!
Singapore and Malaysia have Grab; Indonesia has Go-Jek. But Dart is 100% Bruneian – made by Bruneians, for Bruneians. We, the Dart Team, have made it our mission to improve the transportation services in Brunei, and we hope that you will support us in this endeavour. Ours is a local business, and we want to provide jobs and benefit the economy as a whole.
10. It's cool. Be cool.
Dart is the hot new product these days. Don’t you want to be part of it?
If in doubt, Dart it...
To start a career as a driver right now, come right by to the JPD Roadshow! We'll be there to talk about the benefits of the Dart Taxi service.
Dart Logistics, Brunei’s first taxi and ride booking service, today moved into new accommodation at the Progresif Cellular headquarters in Gadong, as part of the latter’s Startup Lab initiative to support promising young businesses and promote entrepreneurship. Progresif views this as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the public, and has thus made every effort to make its new incubees feel welcome.
“It’s really great to be working with Progresif,” commented Dart team member Arif Idris; ‘the facilities here are excellent, and they have been very generous with their time and support. The working area is spacious and modern, and we have access to all the amenities in the Progresif building. It’s clear that they take their social obligations very seriously.”
Such measures create the ideal conditions for creativity to flourish, as new ideas can be allowed to grow and develop in a safe environment. Ambitious young entrepreneurs can rub shoulders and discuss their business models in an atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement. And the best of these models, which thrive during the incubation period, will go on to become successful businesses in their own right and have a positive effect on the wider economy.
The fact that Progresif is willing to accommodate Dart in its incubator is a vote of confidence in its marketability and capacity to achieve full self-sufficiency one day.
“One day we will inevitably have to fly the nest”, remarked Dart CEO and Founder Zul’Amali Idris. “But for now, Progresif feels like home.”
Over the past few weeks, the Dart Team have been hosting training sessions for local taxi drivers who expressed an interest in working with the company. Though the app itself was designed to be simple and intuitive to use, it was felt that live demonstrations would be the most effective way of communicating the technology to others. To that end, several workshops were set up, and local drivers invited to attend.
In each case, the sessions were led by Zul’Amali Idris, Founder and CEO of Dart, in which he gave a detailed presentation of the mechanics of the Dart app. A demonstration followed this, involving two Dart employees, who played the roles of passenger and driver.
“The live demos were definitely useful in showing how the app would function in real life,” said Fairuz Aminuddin, Operations Assistant at Dart. “I was also impressed by the quality of questions from the floor. The drivers were clearly interested in learning more about it, and they took the initiative to get involved and ask lots of excellent questions. Thankfully, we were well prepared and able to answer them all!”
Following the demonstration, all prospective drivers were required to register their personal details with the company and have a profile photo taken – a mandatory part of Dart’s safety policy. This ensures that whenever a passenger gets into a Dart Taxi, they can be confident that their driver has been screened and approved beforehand.
Invariably, the sessions would end in high spirits, and a complimentary dinner was provided to all those who attended. The participants were able to mingle and converse over platefuls of food, discussing the future of transportation in Brunei and how we might all work together to improve it.