International transportation network company and ride-hailing firm, Uber, announced the launch of it’s new bike taxi in Hyderabad, on Tuesday, December 13th. After Bengaluru and Gurgaon, Hyderabad will be the third city in the country to get two-wheeler taxi service.
Uber had earlier launched this service in Bengaluru, but had to shut it after the state government said it did not obtain the necessary permits to do so. Uber’s domestic rival Ola, run by ANI technologies Pvt. Ltd, which launched the bike taxi at the same time, also had to shut down its bike taxi service in Bengaluru.
Uber also declared that the bike taxi will run on the streets of Hyderabad in January 2017 and will become one of the city’s cheapest mode of public transport with fares as low as Rs. 20 for the first three km and Rs. 5 per km thereafter.
The riders will receive the same features as the Uber car taxi rides, with a driver and the bike details (same as the car taxi) as well as standard safety features, during and after the ride, which includes GPS tracker and a two-way feedback. Since, the law made it mandatory for both the driver and the rider to wear a helmet, the uberMOTO driver will carry one helmet for the rider.
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