At a time when booking a cab or getting your groceries has become a matter of a few clicks then why not something as important as hiring a driver for a few hours or on a weekly basis? Zuver, a startup based in Mumbai is working its way into developing a driver aggregation platform.
First named as ‘Quick Driver’, Zuver came to fore in order to address the day-to-day issues of companies through the line of transportation. Zuver (a German word that translates into ‘reliable’) soon came to stand for its meaning once its operations started in cities such as Mumbai and Bengaluru.
So how do you book a driver through an app?
To start with, you have to download the Zuver app. Once that is done, through your location you indicate a requirement for a driver, who will arrive at your doorstep within 40 minutes of the request being placed. However, the payment shall be notified after the completion of his/her duty.
“Allowing an absolute unknown driver to drive your car can be a very difficult decision for us. In order to resolve such doubts, we investigate and train our drivers thoroughly. Right from their police investigation to training them in the best possible manner, we do it all,” says Sidhanth Mally, co-founder Zuver.
The start-up, which is headquartered in Mumbai, launched its operations in Bengaluru and Pune in June 2016. It currently has a strength of 150 drivers in Mumbai, 70 in Bangalore and 30 in Pune. Co-founded by Sidhanth Mally and Sovin Hegde, Zuver raised Rs. 1.2 crore in early stage funding from Shruth & Smith Group, Bangalore and Hermes Group, Mumbai.
On their expansion plans, Mally said that by 2017, Zuver plans to make inroads into Delhi along with 6 other Tier-II cities and 4 Tier-I cities. As of now, it registers over 100 transactions pan-India per day.
As of now we are catering to B2C model, however, as a part of our expansion plan, we are working on the B2B model, wherein drivers will be deployed for valet or cab services in offices, added Mally.
“We want to introduce this as a white-collar job to our drivers. We also have female drivers working with us. However, they are not given night-shifts. We are ready to hire anyone from a college graduate to somebody who knows basic English. They can earn around Rs 20,000 a month and are not bound by any contract with us. Our training gives them a better skill set to perform, thereby making it a win-win situation for both of us. And of course, there’s our customer also whose ‘Driver nahi hai‘ issue gets resolved, says Mally.
Talking about the risks and the chances of any wrongdoing, Mally said, the customer assumes all legal liability for any monetary loss involved in any incident. However, any criminal liability arising out of an incident that the driver is responsible for becomes the sole responsibility of the driver. Zuver shall facilitate the customer with all necessary help at any time by providing all necessary information to the authorities or the Insurance companies.