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Uber halts bike taxi service in Bangalore; may relaunch in the future

Online cab aggregator Uber has said that it has “paused” its UberMOTO bike taxi service in Bangalore. In its statement, the company says that it is going to share the findings of the pilot, which was launched in Bangalore in March this year. The statement adds that it will work with the government “to create modern regulations for app-based motorbike services.” It appears that Uber plans to re-launch UberMOTO in Bangalore in the future, but does not mention timelines. Uber’s full statement at the bottom. It also seems that UberMOTO will remain operational in Gurgaon, where it was launched towards the end of March. Uber had called this a pilot as well, which was launched in agreement with the memorandum of understanding it signed with the Haryana government to introduce ridesharing services in the state in the same month. Note that bike taxis are legal in the states of Haryana and Goa. Bike taxi services stopped in Thailand; Uber affected Note that this development comes just a day after Thailand put a hold on bike taxi services like Uber and Grab, citing that these companies broke local rules and were clashing with ‘registered transport companies’, according to this BBC report. The report states that Thailand authorities have arrested 66 drivers from both the companies, and could face fines as well as have their licenses suspended. Uber’s statement to the BBC said, “This is a temporary pause for a global pilot.” A Reuters report states that there are over 186,000 motorcycles…

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