Uber has started discussions with several State governments to permit bike-taxis on their streets as the ride-booking firm gears up to extend its UberMOTO service in additional cities in the country. UberMOTO, rolled out in the country almost 1 Year back, is working in 7 cities post rolling out in Ghaziabad and Noida last week. It is also ready to introduce in a handful of cities in Punjab later this month and has ongoing major programs in Mohali and Chandigarh.
Ola, who has also rolled out its bike-taxi service almost 1 Year back, is active in 11 cities comprising Ludhiana, Mohali, Hyderabad, and Amritsar. “We are in discussions with various states that are estimating bike-sharing. There will be a group of additional cities where the service will be active by the end of 2017,” claimed General Manager of Uber at North India, Prabhjeet Singh, to the media in an interview. “I observe no cause why UberMOTO cannot be in about all huge cities in the country.”
Authorities in most of the cities have put up firm confrontation. Ola and Uber rolled out their bike-taxis in March 2017 in Bengaluru with a difference of few hours. But they had to conclude the service in a couple of days after traffic administrators took the bikes in custody saying the firms had not gained permits. Guidelines of the Union government for transport approved by Parliament and subjected in December have given a huge momentum to bike-taxis. The guidelines permit states to arise with their personal regulations for transport.
UberMOTO is active in Jaipur, Hyderabad, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Ahmedabad, and Ghaziabad and has finished 2 Million trips in 1 Year of its roll out. Its lower fares present an eye-catching option to users. “This gives us self-assurance that as and when we extend to additional cities, the service will increase even quicker,” claimed Singh to the media in an interview.
Since the presence of UberMOTO has now expanded to the whole National Capital Region, Uber aims to start discussions with the Government of Delhi about its bike-taxi service. In Gurugram, 1 out of 4 UberMOTO trips were from or to Metro rail stations.