HASH TAG MEL/GUU Driver Terms and Conditions
1.1 “Affiliate” means an entity that, directly or indirectly, controls, is under the control of, or is under common control with a party, where control means having more than fifty percent (50%) of the voting stock or other ownership interest or the majority of the voting rights of such entity.
1.2 “City Addendum” means an addendum or supplemental information to this Agreement setting forth additional Territory-specific terms, as made available and as updated by Company from time to time.
1.3 “Company Data” means all data related to the access and use of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services hereunder, including all data related to Users (including User Information), all data related to the provision of Transportation Services via the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services and the Driver App, and the Driver ID.
1.4 “Company Device” means a mobile device owned or controlled by Company that is provided to you solely for your use of the Driver App to provide Transportation Services.
1.5 “Device” means a Company Device or Your Device, as the case may be.
1.6 “Driver App” means the mobile application provided by Company that enables transportation providers to access the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services for the purpose of seeking, receiving and fulfilling on-demand requests for transportation services by Users, as may be updated or modified from time to time.
1.7 “Driver ID” means the identification and password key assigned by Company to you that enables you to use and access the Driver App.
1.8 “Fare” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.1.
1.9 “Service Fee” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.4.
1.10 “Territory” means the city or metro areas in South Africa in which you are enabled by the Driver App to receive requests for Transportation Services.
1.11 “Tolls” means any applicable road, bridge, ferry, tunnel and airport charges and fees, including inner-city congestion, environmental or similar charges as reasonably determined by the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services based on available information.
1.12 “Transportation Services” means your provision of passenger transportation services to Users via the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services in the Territory using the Vehicle.
1.13 “HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services” mean HASH TAG MEL/GUU’s on-demand lead generation and related services licensed by HASH TAG MEL/GUU to Company that enable transportation providers to seek, receive and fulfill on-demand requests for transportation services by Users seeking transportation services; such HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services include access to the Driver App and HASH TAG MEL/GUU’s software, websites, payment services as described in Section 4 below, and related support services systems, as may be updated or modified from time to time.
1.14 “User” means an end user authorized by HASH TAG MEL/GUU to use the HASH TAG MEL/GUU mobile application for the purpose of obtaining Transportation Services offered by Company’s transportation provider customers.
1.15 “User Information” means information about a User made available to you in connection with such User’s request for and use of Transportation Services, which may include the User’s name, pick-up location, contact information and photo.
1.16 “Vehicle” means your vehicle that: (a) meets the then-current Company requirements for a vehicle on the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services; and (b) Company authorizes for your use for the purpose of providing Transportation Services.
1.17 “Your Device” means a mobile device owned or controlled by you: (a) that meets the then current Company specifications for mobile devices as set forth at www.hashtagmel.co.za-devices; and (b) on which the Driver App has been installed as authorized by Company solely for the purpose of providing Transportation Services.
2. Use of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services
2.1 Driver IDs. HASH TAG MEL/GUU will issue you a Driver ID to enable you to access and use the Driver App on a Device in accordance with this Agreement. Company reserves the right to deactivate your Driver ID if you have not fulfilled a request for Transportation Services using the Driver App at least once a month. You agree that you will maintain your Driver ID in confidence and not share your Driver ID with any third party. You will immediately notify Company of any actual or suspected breach or improper use or disclosure of your Driver ID or the Driver App.
2.2 Provision of Transportation Services. When the Driver App is active, User requests for Transportation Services may appear to you via the Driver App if you are available and in the vicinity of the User. If you accept a User’s request for Transportation Services, the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services will provide you with certain User Information via the Driver App, including the User’s first name and pickup location. In order to enhance User satisfaction with the HASH TAG MEL/GUU mobile application and your Transportation Services, it is recommended that you wait at least ten (10) minutes for a User to show up at the requested pick-up location. You will obtain the destination from the User, either in person upon pickup or from the Driver App if the User elects to enter such destination via HASH TAG MEL/GUU’s mobile application.
You acknowledge and agree that once you have accepted a User’s request for Transportation Services, HASH TAG MEL/GUU’s mobile application may provide certain information about you to the User, including your first name, contact information, photo and location, and your Vehicle’s make and license plate number.
You shall not contact any Users or use any User’s personal data for any reason other than for the purposes of fulfilling Transportation Services. As between Company and you, you acknowledge and agree that:
a) you shall be solely responsible for determining the most effective, efficient and safe manner to perform each instance of Transportation Services; and
b) except for the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or any Company Devices (if applicable), you shall provide all necessary equipment, tools and other materials, at your own expense, necessary to perform Transportation Services.
2.3 Your Relationship with Users. You acknowledge and agree that your provision of Transportation Services to Users creates a direct business relationship between you and the User. Company is not responsible or liable for the actions or inactions of a User in relation to you, your activities or your Vehicle. You shall have the sole responsibility for any obligations or liabilities to Users or third parties that arise from your provision of Transportation Services. You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for taking such precautions as may be reasonable and proper (including maintaining adequate insurance that meets the requirements of all applicable laws including motor vehicle financial responsibility laws) regarding any acts or omissions of a User or third party.
You acknowledge and agree that Company may release your contact and/or insurance information to a User upon such User’s reasonable request. You acknowledge and agree that, unless specifically consented to by a User, you may not transport or allow inside your Vehicle individuals other than a User and any individuals authorized by such User, during the performance of Transportation Services for such User. You acknowledge and agree that all Users should be transported directly to their specified destination, as directed by the applicable User, without unauthorized interruption or unauthorized stops.
2.4 Your Relationship with Company. You acknowledge and agree that Company’s provision to you of the Driver App and the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services creates a direct business relationship between Company and you. Company does not, and shall not be deemed to, direct or control you generally or in your performance under this Agreement specifically, including in connection with your provision of Transportation Services, your acts or omissions, or your operation and maintenance of your Vehicle. You retain the sole right to determine when, where, and for how long you will utilize the Driver App or the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services.
You retain the option, via the Driver App, to attempt to accept or to decline or ignore a User’s request for Transportation Services via the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, or to cancel an accepted request for Transportation Services via the Driver App, subject to Company’s then-current cancellation policies. With the exception of any signage required by local law or permit/license requirements, Company shall have no right to require you to:
a) display Company’s or any of its Affiliates’ names, logos or colors on your Vehicle(s); or
b) wear a uniform or any other clothing displaying Company’s or any of its Affiliates’ names, logos or colors.
You acknowledge and agree that you have complete discretion to provide services or otherwise engage in other business or employment activities.
For the sake of clarity, you understand that you retain the complete right to;
(i) use other software application services in addition to the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services; and
(ii) engage in any other occupation or business.
Company retains the right to deactivate or otherwise restrict you from accessing or using the Driver App or the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services in the event of a violation or alleged violation of this Agreement, your disparagement of Company or any of its Affiliates, your act or omission that causes harm to Company’s or its Affiliates’ brand, reputation or business as determined by Company in its sole discretion.
2.5.1 You acknowledge and agree that:
a) after receiving Transportation Services, a User will be prompted by HASH TAG MEL/GUU’s mobile application to provide a rating of you and such Transportation Services and, optionally, to provide comments or feedback about you and such Transportation Services; and
b) after providing Transportation Services, you will be prompted by the Driver App to provide a rating of the User and, optionally, to provide comments or feedback about the User. You shall provide your ratings and feedback in good faith.
2.5.2 You acknowledge that Company desires that Users have access to high-quality services via HASH TAG MEL/GUU’s mobile application. In order to continue to receive access to the Driver App and the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, you must maintain an average rating by Users that exceeds the minimum average acceptable rating established by Company for your Territory, as may be updated from time to time by Company in its sole discretion (“Minimum Average Rating”).
Your average rating is intended to reflect Users’ satisfaction with your Transportation Services rather than your compliance with any of Company’s policies or recommendations. In the event your average rating falls below the Minimum Average Rating, Company will notify you and may provide you, in Company’s discretion, a limited period of time to raise your average rating above the Minimum Average Rating. If you do not increase your average rating above the Minimum Average Rating within the time period allowed (if any), Company reserves the right to deactivate your access to the Driver App and the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services.
Additionally, you acknowledge that your repeated failure to accept User requests for Transportation Services while you are logged in to the Driver App creates a negative experience for Users of HASH TAG MEL/GUU’s mobile application. If you do not wish to accept User requests for Transportation Services for a period of time, you agree that you will log off of the Driver App.
2.5.3 Company and its Affiliates reserve the right to use, share and display your and User ratings and comments in any manner in connection with the business of Company and its Affiliates without attribution to you or your approval. You acknowledge and agree that Company and its Affiliates are distributors (without any obligation to verify) and not publishers of your and User ratings and comments, provided that Company and its Affiliates reserve the right to edit or remove comments in the event that such comments include obscenities or other objectionable content, include an individual’s name or other personal information, or violate any privacy laws, other applicable laws or Company’s or its Affiliates’ content policies.
2.6.1 Company encourages you to use Your Device in providing Transportation Services. Otherwise, if you elect to use any Company Devices, Company will supply you upon request with Company Devices and provide the necessary wireless data plan for such Devices, provided that Company will require reimbursement from you for the costs associated with the wireless data plan of each Company Device and/or request a deposit for each Company Device.
You agree that:
a) Company Devices may only be used for the purpose of enabling your access to the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services; and
b) Company Devices may not be transferred, loaned, sold or otherwise provided in any manner to any party other than you.
Company Devices shall at all times remain the property of Company, and upon termination of this Agreement or your termination or deactivation, you agree to return to Company the applicable Company Devices within ten (10) days. You agree that failure to timely return any Company Devices, or damage to Company Devices outside of “normal wear and tear,” will result in the forfeiture of related deposits.
2.6.2 If you elect to use Your Devices:
i. you are responsible for the acquisition, cost and maintenance of Your Devices as well as any necessary wireless data plan; and
ii. Company shall make available the Driver App for installation on Your Device.
Company hereby grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to install and use the Driver App on Your Device solely for the purpose of providing Transportation Services. You agree to not provide, distribute or share, or enable the provision, distribution or sharing of, the Driver App (or any data associated therewith) with any third party. The foregoing license grant shall immediately terminate and you will delete and fully remove the Driver App from the Driver-Provided Device in the event that you cease to provide Transportation Services using Your Device.
You agree that:
(i) use of the Driver App on Your Device requires an active data plan with a wireless carrier associated with Your Device, which data plan will be provided by you at your own expense; and
(ii) use of the Driver App on Your Device as an interface with the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services may consume very large amounts of data through the data plan.
COMPANY ADVISES THAT YOUR DEVICE ONLY BE USED UNDER A DATA PLAN WITH UNLIMITED OR VERY HIGH DATA USAGE LIMITS, AND COMPANY SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY FEES, COSTS, OR OVERAGE CHARGES ASSOCIATED WITH ANY DATA PLAN.
2.7 Location Based Services. You acknowledge and agree that your geo-location information must be provided to the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services via a Device in order to provide Transportation Services.
You acknowledge and agree that:
a) your geo-location information may be obtained by the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services while the Driver App is running; and
b) the approximate location of your Vehicle will be displayed to the User before and during the provision of Transportation Services to such User.
In addition, Company and its Affiliates may monitor, track and share with third parties Driver’s geo-location information obtained by the Driver App and Device for safety and security purposes.
3. You and Your Vehicle
3.1 Your Requirements.
You acknowledge and agree that at all times, you shall:
a) hold and maintain
i. a valid driver's license with the appropriate level of certification to operate your Vehicle, and
ii. all licenses, permits, approvals and authority applicable to you that are necessary to provide passenger transportation services to third parties in the Territory;
b) possess the appropriate and current level of training, expertise and experience to provide Transportation Services in a professional manner with due skill, care and diligence; and
c) maintain high standards of professionalism, service and courtesy. You acknowledge and agree that you may be subject to certain background and driving record checks from time to time in order to qualify to provide, and remain eligible to provide, Transportation Services.
You acknowledge and agree that Company reserves the right, at any time in Company’s sole discretion, to deactivate or otherwise restrict you from accessing or using the Driver App or the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services if you fail to meet the requirements set forth in this Agreement.
3.2 Vehicle Requirements.
You acknowledge and agree that your Vehicle shall at all times be:
a) properly registered and licensed to operate as a passenger transportation vehicle in the Territory;
b) owned or leased by you, or otherwise in your lawful possession;
c) suitable for performing the passenger transportation services contemplated by this Agreement; and
d) maintained in good operating condition, consistent with industry safety and maintenance standards for a Vehicle of its kind and any additional standards or requirements in the applicable Territory, and in a clean and sanitary condition.
3.3 Documentation. To ensure your compliance with all requirements in Sections 3.1 and 3.2 above, you must provide Company with written copies of all such licenses, permits, approvals, authority, registrations and certifications prior to your provision of any Transportation Services. Thereafter, you must submit to Company written evidence of all such licenses, permits, approvals, authority, registrations and certifications as they are renewed.
Company shall, upon request, be entitled to review such licenses, permits, approvals, authority, registrations and certifications from time to time, and your failure to provide or maintain any of the foregoing shall constitute a material breach of this Agreement. Company reserves the right to independently verify your documentation from time to time in any way Company deems appropriate in its reasonable discretion.
4. Financial Terms
4.1 Fare Calculation and Your Payment.
You are entitled to charge a fare for each instance of completed Transportation Services provided to a User that are obtained via the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services (“Fare”), where such Fare is calculated based upon a base fare amount plus distance (as determined by Company using location-based services enabled through the Device) and/or time amounts, as detailed at www.hashtagmel.co.za for the applicable Territory (“Fare Calculation”).
You acknowledge and agree that the Fare provided under the Fare Calculation is the only payment you will receive in connection with the provision of Transportation Services, and that neither the Fare nor the Fare Calculation includes any gratuity.
You are also entitled to charge User for any Tolls, taxes or fees incurred during the provision of Transportation Services, if applicable.
(i) appoint Company as your limited payment collection agent solely for the purpose of accepting the Fare, applicable Tolls and, depending on the region and/or if requested by you, applicable taxes and fees from the User on your behalf via the payment processing functionality facilitated by the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services; and
(ii) agree that payment made by User to Company (or to an Affiliate of Company acting as an agent of Company) shall be considered the same as payment made directly by User to you. In addition, the parties acknowledge and agree that as between you and Company, the Fare is a recommended amount, and the primary purpose of the pre-arranged Fare is to act as the default amount in the event you do not negotiate a different amount.
You shall always have the right to:
(i) charge a fare that is less than the pre-arranged Fare; or
(ii) negotiate, at your request, a Fare that is lower than the prearranged Fare (each of (i) and (ii) herein, a “Negotiated Fare”).
Company shall consider all such requests from you in good faith. Company agrees to remit, or cause to be remitted, to you on at least a weekly basis: (a) the Fare less the applicable Service Fee; (b) the Tolls; and (c) depending on the region, certain taxes and ancillary fees. If you have separately agreed that other amounts may be deducted from the Fare prior to remittance to you (e.g., vehicle financing payments, lease payments, mobile device usage charges, etc.), the order of any such deductions from the Fare shall be determined exclusively by Company (as between you and Company).
4.2 Changes to Fare Calculation.
Company reserves the right to change the Fare Calculation at any time in Company’s discretion based upon local market factors, and Company will provide you with notice in the event of changes to the base fare, per mile, and/or per minute amounts that would result in a change in the recommended Fare. Continued use of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services after any such change in the Fare Calculation shall constitute your consent to such change.
4.3 Fare Adjustment.
Company reserves the right to: (i) adjust the Fare for a particular instance of Transportation Services (e.g., you took an inefficient route, you failed to properly end a particular instance of Transportation Services in the Driver App, technical error in the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, etc.); or (ii) cancel the Fare for a particular instance of Transportation Services (e.g., User is charged for Transportation Services that were not provided, in the event of a User complaint, fraud, etc.). Company’s decision to reduce or cancel the Fare in any such manner shall be exercised in a reasonable manner.
4.4 Service Fee.
In consideration of Company’s provision of the Driver App and the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services for your use and benefit hereunder, you agree to pay Company a service fee on a per Transportation Services transaction basis calculated as a percentage of the Fare determined by the Fare Calculation (regardless of any Negotiated Fare), as provided to you via email or otherwise made available electronically by Company from time to time for the applicable Territory (“Service Fee”). In the event regulations applicable to your Territory require taxes to be calculated on the Fare, Company shall calculate the Service Fee based on the Fare net of such taxes. Company reserves the right to change the Service Fee at any time in Company’s discretion based upon local market factors, and Company will provide you with notice in the event of such change. Continued use of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services after any such change in the Service Fee calculation shall constitute your consent to such change.
4.5 Cancellation Charges.
You acknowledge and agree that Users may elect to cancel requests for Transportation Services that have been accepted by you via the Driver App at any time prior to your arrival. In the event that a User cancels an accepted request for Transportation Services, Company may charge the User a cancellation fee on your behalf. If charged, this cancellation fee shall be deemed the Fare for the cancelled Transportation Services for the purpose of remittance to you hereunder (“Cancellation Fee”). The parties acknowledge and agree that as between you and Company, this Cancellation Fee is a recommended amount, and the primary purpose of such Cancellation Fee is to act as the default amount in the event you do not negotiate a different amount.
You shall always have the right to: (i) charge a cancellation fee that is less than the Cancellation Fee; or (ii) negotiate, at your request, a cancellation fee that is lower than the Cancellation Fee (each of (i) and (ii) herein, a “Negotiated Cancellation Fee”). If charged, the Cancellation Fee (regardless of any Negotiated Cancellation Fee) shall be deemed the Fare for the cancelled Transportation Services for the purpose of remittance to you hereunder.
As part of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, Company provides you a system for the delivery of receipts to Users for Transportation Services rendered. Upon your completion of Transportation Services for a User, Company prepares an applicable receipt and issues such receipt to the User via email on your behalf. Such receipts are also provided to you via email or the online portal available to you through the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services. Receipts include the breakdown of amounts charged to the User for Transportation Services and may include specific information about you, including your name, contact information and photo, as well as a map of the route you took. Any corrections to a User’s receipt for Transportation Services must be submitted to Company in writing within three (3) business days after the completion of such Transportation Services. Absent such a notice, Company shall not be liable for any mistakes in or corrections to the receipt or for recalculation or disbursement of the Fare.
4.7 No Additional Amounts.
You acknowledge and agree that, for the mutual benefit of the parties, through advertising and marketing, Company and its Affiliates may seek to attract new Users to HASH TAG MEL/GUU and to increase existing Users’ use of HASH TAG MEL/GUU’s mobile application. You acknowledge and agree such advertising or marketing does not entitle you to any additional monetary amounts beyond the amounts expressly set forth in this Agreement.
You acknowledge and agree that you are required to:
a. complete all tax registration obligations and calculate and remit all tax liabilities related to your provision of Transportation Services as required by applicable law; and
b. provide Company with all relevant tax information.
You further acknowledge and agree that you are responsible for taxes on your own income arising from the performance of Transportation Services. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, Company may in its reasonable discretion based on applicable tax and regulatory considerations, collect and remit taxes resulting from your provision of Transportation Services and/or provide any of the relevant tax information you have provided pursuant to the foregoing requirements in this Section 4.8 directly to the applicable governmental tax authorities on your behalf or otherwise.
5. Proprietary Rights; License
5.1 License Grant.
Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, non-assignable license, during the term of this Agreement, to use the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services (including the Driver App on a Device) solely for the purpose of providing Transportation Services to Users and tracking resulting Fares and Fees. All rights not expressly granted to you are reserved by Company, its Affiliates and their respective licensors.
You shall not, and shall not allow any other party to:
a) license, sublicense, sell, resell, transfer, assign, distribute or otherwise provide or make available to any other party the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, Driver App or any Company Device in any way;
b) modify or make derivative works based upon the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or Driver App;
c) improperly use the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or Driver App, including creating Internet “links” to any part of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or Driver App, “framing” or “mirroring” any part of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or Driver App on any other websites or systems, or “scraping” or otherwise improperly obtaining data from the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or Driver App;
d) reverse engineer, decompile, modify, or disassemble the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or Driver App, except as allowed under applicable law; or
e) send spam or otherwise duplicative or unsolicited messages. In addition, you shall not, and shall not allow any other party to, access or use the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or Driver App to: (i) design or develop a competitive or substantially similar product or service; (ii) copy or extract any features, functionality, or content thereof; (iii) launch or cause to be launched on or in connection with the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services an automated program or script, including web spiders, crawlers, robots, indexers, bots, viruses or worms, or any program which may make multiple server requests per second, or unduly burden or hinder the operation and/or performance of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services; or (iv) attempt to gain unauthorized access to the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or its related systems or networks.
5.3 Ownership. The HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, Driver App and Company Data, including all intellectual property rights therein, and the Company Devices are and shall remain (as between you and Company) the property of Company, its Affiliates or their respective licensors. Neither this Agreement nor your use of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, Driver App or Company Data conveys or grants to you any rights in or related to the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, Driver App or Company Data, except for the limited license granted above. Other than as specifically permitted by the Company in connection with the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, you are not permitted to use or reference in any manner Company’s, its Affiliates’, or their respective licensors’ company names, logos, products and service names, trademarks, service marks, trade dress, copyrights or other indicia of ownership, alone and in combination with other letters, punctuation, words, symbols and/or designs (the "HASH TAG MEL/GUU Marks and Names") for any commercial purposes. You agree that you will not try to register or otherwise use and/or claim ownership in any of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Marks and Names, alone or in combination with other letters, punctuation, words, symbols and/or designs, or in any confusingly similar mark, name or title, for any goods and services.
6.1 Each party acknowledges and agrees that in the performance of this Agreement it may have access to or may be exposed to, directly or indirectly, confidential information of the other party ("Confidential Information"). Confidential Information includes Company Data, Driver IDs, User Information, and the transaction volume, marketing and business plans, business, financial, technical, operational and such other non-public information of each party (whether disclosed in writing or verbally) that such party designates as being proprietary or confidential or of which the other party should reasonably know that it should be treated as confidential.
6.2 Each party acknowledges and agrees that: (a) all Confidential Information shall remain the exclusive property of the disclosing party; (b) it shall not use Confidential Information of the other party for any purpose except in furtherance of this Agreement; (c) it shall not disclose Confidential Information of the other party to any third party, except to its employees, officers, contractors, agents and service providers ("Permitted Persons") as necessary to perform under this Agreement, provided Permitted Persons are bound in writing to obligations of confidentiality and non-use of Confidential Information no less protective than the terms hereof; and (d) it shall return or destroy all Confidential Information of the disclosing party, upon the termination of this Agreement or at the request of the other party (subject to applicable law and, with respect to Company, its internal record-keeping requirements).
6.3 Notwithstanding the foregoing, Confidential Information shall not include any information to the extent it: (a) is or becomes part of the public domain through no act or omission on the part of the receiving party; (b) was possessed by the receiving party prior to the date of this Agreement without an obligation of confidentiality; (c) is disclosed to the receiving party by a third party having no obligation of confidentiality with respect thereto; or (d) is required to be disclosed pursuant to law, court order, subpoena or governmental authority, provided the receiving party notifies the disclosing party thereof and provides the disclosing party a reasonable opportunity to contest or limit such required disclosure.
7.1 Disclosure of Your Information.
Subject to applicable law, Company and its Affiliates may, but shall not be required to, provide to you, a User, an insurance company and/or relevant authorities and/or regulatory agencies any information (including personal information (e.g., information obtained about you through any background check) and any Company Data) about you or any Transportation Services provided hereunder if:
a. there is a complaint, dispute or conflict, including an accident, between you and a User;
b. it is necessary to enforce the terms of this Agreement;
c. it is required, in Company’s or any Affiliate’s sole discretion, by applicable law or regulatory requirements (e.g., Company or its Affiliates receive a subpoena, warrant, or other legal process for information);
d. it is necessary, in Company’s or any Affiliate’s sole discretion, to (1) protect the safety, rights, property or security of Company or its Affiliates, the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or any third party; (2) to protect the safety of the public for any reason including the facilitation of insurance claims related to the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services; (3) to detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; (4) to prevent or stop activity which Company or any of its Affiliates, in their sole discretion, may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, an illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity); or
e. it is required or necessary, in Company’s or any Affiliate’s sole discretion, for insurance or other purposes related to your ability to qualify, or remain qualified, to use the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services. You understand that Company may retain your personal data for legal, regulatory, safety and other necessary purposes after this Agreement is terminated.
7.2 Company and its Affiliates may collect your personal data during the course of your application for, and use of, the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, or may obtain information about you from third parties. Such information may be stored, processed, transferred, and accessed by Company and its Affiliates, third parties, and service providers for business purposes, including for marketing, lead generation, service development and improvement, analytics, industry and market research, and such other purposes consistent with Company’s and its Affiliates’ legitimate business needs. You expressly consent to such use of personal data.
8.1 You agree to maintain during the term of this Agreement on all Vehicles operated by you under this Agreement automobile liability insurance that provides protection against bodily injury and property damage to third parties at levels of coverage that satisfy the minimum requirements to operate a private passenger vehicle on the public roads within the Territory. This coverage must also include any no-fault coverage required by law in the Territory that may not be waived by an insured. You agree to provide Company and its Affiliates a copy of the insurance policy, policy declarations, proof of insurance identification card and proof of premium payment for the insurance policy required in this Section 8.1 upon request. Furthermore, you must provide Company with written notice of cancellation of any insurance policy required by Company. Company shall have no right to control your selection or maintenance of your policy. You must be a named insured or individually rated driver, for which a premium is charged, on the insurance policy required in this Section 8.1 at all times.
8.2 You agree to maintain during the term of this Agreement workers’ compensation insurance as required by all applicable laws in the Territory. If permitted by applicable law, you may choose to insure yourself against industrial injuries by maintaining occupational accident insurance in place of workers’ compensation insurance. Furthermore, if permitted by applicable law, you may choose not to insure yourself against industrial injuries at all, but do so at your own risk.
8.3 You understand and acknowledge that your personal automobile insurance policy may not afford liability, comprehensive, collision, medical payments, personal injury protection, uninsured motorist, underinsured motorist, or other coverage for the Transportation Services you provide pursuant to this Agreement. If you have any questions or concerns about the scope or applicability of your own insurance coverage, it is your responsibility, not that of Company, to resolve them with your insurer(s).
8.4 Company may maintain during the term of this Agreement insurance related to your provision of Transportation Services as determined by Company in its reasonable discretion or as described in a City Addendum, provided that Company and its Affiliates are not required to provide you with any specific insurance coverage for any loss to you or your Vehicle. You are required to promptly notify Company of any accidents that occur while providing Transportation Services and to cooperate and provide all necessary information related thereto.
9. Representations and Warranties; Disclaimers
9.1 By You.
You hereby represent and warrant that:
a. you have full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and perform your obligations hereunder;
b. you have not entered into, and during the term will not enter into, any agreement that would prevent you from complying with this Agreement; and
c. you will comply with all applicable laws in your performance of this Agreement, including holding and complying with all permits, licenses, registrations and other governmental authorizations necessary to provide (i) Transportation Services using the Vehicles pursuant to this Agreement, and (ii) passenger transportation services to third parties in the Territory generally.
9.2 Disclaimer of Warranties.
COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES PROVIDE, AND YOU ACCEPT, THE HASH TAG MEL/GUU SERVICES, DRIVER APP AND THE COMPANY DEVICES ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES DO NOT REPRESENT, WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THAT YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE HASH TAG MEL/GUU SERVICES, DRIVER APP OR THE COMPANY DEVICES: (A) WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE; OR (B) WILL RESULT IN ANY REQUESTS FOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES. COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES FUNCTION AS AN ON-DEMAND LEAD GENERATION AND RELATED SERVICE ONLY AND MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES AS TO THE ACTIONS OR INACTIONS OF THE USERS WHO MAY REQUEST OR RECEIVE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FROM YOU, AND COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES DO NOT SCREEN OR OTHERWISE EVALUATE USERS. BY USING THE HASH TAG MEL/GUU SERVICES AND DRIVER APP, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU MAY BE INTRODUCED TO A THIRD PARTY THAT MAY POSE HARM OR RISK TO YOU OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES. YOU ARE ADVISED TO TAKE REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS WITH RESPECT TO INTERACTIONS WITH THIRD PARTIES ENCOUNTERED IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE HASH TAG MEL/GUU SERVICES OR DRIVER APP.NOTWITHSTANDING COMPANY’S APPOINTMENT AS THE LIMITED PAYMENT COLLECTION AGENT OF YOU FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACCEPTING PAYMENT FROM USERS ON YOUR BEHALF AS SET FORTH IN SECTION 4 ABOVE, COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF YOU, ANY USER OR OTHER THIRD PARTY. 9.3 No Service Guarantee. COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES DO NOT GUARANTEE THE AVAILABILITY OR UPTIME OF THE HASH TAG MEL/GUU SERVICES OR DRIVER APP. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE HASH TAG MEL/GUU SERVICES OR DRIVER APP MAY BE UNAVAILABLE AT ANY TIME AND FOR ANY REASON (e.g., DUE TO SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE OR NETWORK FAILURE). FURTHER, THE HASH TAG MEL/GUU SERVICES OR DRIVER APP MAY BE SUBJECT TO LIMITATIONS, DELAYS, AND OTHER PROBLEMS INHERENT IN THE USE OF THE INTERNET AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, AND COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DELAYS, DELIVERY FAILURES, OR OTHER DAMAGES, LIABILITIES OR LOSSES RESULTING FROM SUCH PROBLEMS.
You shall indemnify, defend (at Company’s option) and hold harmless Company and its Affiliates and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns from and against any and all liabilities, expenses (including legal fees), damages, penalties, fines, social security contributions and taxes arising out of or related to: (a) your breach of your representations, warranties or obligations under this Agreement; or (b) a claim by a third party (including Users, regulators and governmental authorities) directly or indirectly related to your provision of Transportation Services or use of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services. This indemnification provision shall not apply to your breach of any representations regarding your status as an independent contractor.
11. Limits of Liability.
COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE UNDER OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF A PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES: (i) ANY INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR OTHER INDIRECT DAMAGES OF ANY TYPE OR KIND; OR (ii) YOUR OR ANY THIRD PARTY’S PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR LOSS OR INACCURACY OF DATA, OR LOSS OF BUSINESS, REVENUE, PROFITS, USE OR OTHER ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE. EXCEPT FOR COMPANY’S OBLIGATIONS TO PAY AMOUNTS DUE TO YOU PURSUANT TO SECTION 4 ABOVE, BUT SUBJECT TO ANY LIMITATIONS OR OTHER PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT WHICH ARE APPLICABLE THERETO, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE LIABILITY OF COMPANY OR ITS AFFILIATES UNDER THIS AGREEMENT EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF SERVICE FEES ACTUALLY PAID TO OR DUE TO COMPANY HEREUNDER IN THE SIX (6) MONTH PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE EVENT GIVING RISE TO SUCH CLAIM.
12. Term and Termination
This Agreement shall commence on the date accepted by you and shall continue until terminated as set forth herein.
Either party may terminate this Agreement: (a) without cause at any time upon seven (7) days prior written notice to the other party; (b) immediately, without notice, for the other party’s material breach of this Agreement; or (c) immediately, without notice, in the event of the insolvency or bankruptcy of the other party, or upon the other party’s filing or submission of request for suspension of payment (or similar action or event) against the terminating party. In addition, Company may terminate this Agreement or deactivate your Driver ID immediately, without notice, with respect to you in the event you no longer qualify, under applicable law or the standards and policies of Company and its Affiliates, to provide Transportation Services or to operate the Vehicle, or as otherwise set forth in this Agreement.
12.3 Effect of Termination.
Upon termination of the Agreement, you shall: (a) promptly return to Company all Company Devices; and (b) immediately delete and fully remove the Driver App from any of Your Devices. Outstanding payment obligations and Sections 1, 2.3, 2.5.3, 4.7, 4.8, 5.3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12.3, 13, 14 and 15 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
13. Relationship of the Parties
13.1 Except as otherwise expressly provided herein with respect to Company acting as the limited payment collection agent solely for the purpose of collecting payment from Users on your behalf, the relationship between the parties under this Agreement is solely that of independent contracting parties. The parties expressly agree that: (a) this Agreement is not an employment agreement, nor does it create an employment relationship, between Company and you; and (b) no joint venture, partnership, or agency relationship exists between Company and you.
13.2 You have no authority to bind Company or its Affiliates and you undertake not to hold yourself out as an employee, agent or authorized representative of Company or its Affiliates. Where, by implication of mandatory law or otherwise, you may be deemed an agent or representative of Company, you undertake and agree to indemnify, defend (at Company’s option) and hold Company and its Affiliates harmless from and against any claims by any person or entity based on such implied agency or representative relationship.
14. Miscellaneous Terms
In the event Company modifies the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time, such modifications shall be binding on you only upon your acceptance of the modified Agreement. Company reserves the right to modify any information referenced at hyperlinks from this Agreement from time to time. You hereby acknowledge and agree that, by using the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, or downloading, installing or using the Driver App, you are bound by any future amendments and additions to information referenced at hyperlinks herein, or documents incorporated herein, including with respect to Fare Calculations. Continued use of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services or Driver App after any such changes shall constitute your consent to such changes. Unless changes are made to the arbitration provisions herein, you acknowledge and agree that modification of this Agreement does not create a renewed opportunity to opt out of arbitration.
14.2 Supplemental Terms.
Supplemental terms may apply to your use of the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services, such as use policies or terms related to certain features and functionality, which may be modified from time to time (“Supplemental Terms”). You may be presented with certain Supplemental Terms from time to time. Supplemental Terms are in addition to, and shall be deemed a part of, this Agreement. Supplemental Terms shall prevail over this Agreement in the event of a conflict.
If any provision of this Agreement is or becomes invalid or non-binding, the parties shall remain bound by all other provisions hereof. In that event, the parties shall replace the invalid or non-binding provision with provisions that are valid and binding and that have, to the greatest extent possible, a similar effect as the invalid or non-binding provision, given the contents and purpose of this Agreement.
Neither party shall assign or transfer this Agreement or any of its rights or obligations hereunder, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the other party; provided that Company may assign or transfer this Agreement or any or all of its rights or obligations under this Agreement from time to time without consent: (a) to an Affiliate; or (b) to an acquirer of all or substantially all of Company’s business, equity or assets.
14.5 Entire Agreement.
This Agreement, including all Supplemental Terms, constitutes the entire agreement and understanding of the parties with respect to its subject matter and replaces and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous agreements or undertakings regarding such subject matter. In this Agreement, the words “including” and “include” mean “including, but not limited to.” The recitals form a part of this Agreement.
14.6 No Third Party Beneficiaries.
There are no third party beneficiaries to this Agreement, except as expressly set forth in the Arbitration Provision in Section 15.3. Nothing contained in this Agreement is intended to or shall be interpreted to create any third-party beneficiary claims.
Any notice delivered by Company to you under this Agreement will be delivered by email to the email address associated with your account or by posting on the portal available to you on the HASH TAG MEL/GUU Services. Any notice delivered by you to Company under this Agreement will be delivered by contacting Company at www.hashtagmel.co.za in the “Contact Us” section. Additional Territory-specific notices may be required from time to time.
15. Governing Law; Except as otherwise set forth in this Agreement, the Terms contained in this Agreement shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of The Republic of South Africa, excluding its rules on conflicts of laws. The Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods of 1980 (CISG) shall not apply. Any dispute, conflict, claim or controversy arising out of or broadly in connection with or relating to the Services or these Terms, including those relating to its validity, its construction or its enforceability (any “Dispute”) shall be first mandatorily submitted to mediation proceedings under the International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Rules (“ICC Mediation Rules”). If such Dispute has not been settled within sixty (60) days after a request for mediation has been submitted under such ICC Mediation Rules, such Dispute can be referred to and shall be exclusively and finally resolved by arbitration under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC Arbitration Rules”).