They are white and green orange colors (like the Ivorian flag) and carry the inscription Ivory Taxi, with the elephant, emblem of the country. These are taxis, so-called new generation, in circulation in Abidjan, the Ivorian economic capital since Monday, November 27, 2017. They are 100 in number.
On Sunday, November 26, 2017, the new taxis were officially presented at the Plateau District Hotel by the Minister of Transport, Amadou Koné. They have a wifi, a GPS system and a tablet to allow the driver to geo-locate and an electronic payment system. Another thing that customers should appreciate; a screen at the back allows them to watch movies or listen to music during a race.
The advent of these new generation taxis had already been announced at the Council of Ministers on Wednesday 22 November. The Minister of Communication, Digital Economy and Post, spokesman for the government, Bruno Koné announced on this occasion that: “Recent checks indicate that 85% of vehicles in Côte d’Ivoire have more 10 years (…) 14.6% of these vehicles are over 20 years old and only less than 1% of vehicles in circulation are less than a year old.
These new taxis come at just the right time.