bike taxis

Uber has launched UberMOTO, it’s bike taxi service in Hyderabad. It has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited to let its users reach the metro using the bike taxi service. UberMOTO will be live in Hyderabad next month. Note that Bike taxis are currently legal in Haryana and Goa.

Uber will provide a helmet for the pillion rider as well as for the driver. MOTO rides can be paid for using cash, credit and debit cards or mobile wallets. There will be a base fare of Rs 20 for the first 3 kms and Rs 5 per km after that.

UberMOTO hiccups in Bangalore

Note that Uber stopped UberMOTO in Bangalore 3 months after it was launched there earlier this year. It did not cite a specific reason for pausing the service but said that it was going to share the findings of the Bangalore pilot with the government  “to create modern regulations for app-based motorbike services.” In the same week as Uber launched UberMOTO and Ola launched it’s bike taxi service in Bangalore, the Karnataka State Transport department deemed it as illegal since the companies did not have permits to operate as commercial vehicles in Bangalore.

UberMOTO is 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. The company launched UberMOTO in Bangkok in February and is currently available in Indonesia and Vietnam as well.

Competition 

Currently, the most active bike taxi companies are in Haryana and Delhi NCR.

Earlier this year, Noida-based bike taxi app N.O.W raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding, Bikxie raised an undisclosed amount of angel funding.

A year ago, M-taxi launched in Gurgaon along with Baxi Taxi, which now claims to have over 550 bikes in one year of operations and does 3,000 trips daily across Gurgaon and Faridabad. Baxi also claims to have completed over 800,000 ride bookings in its first year and last month, it tied up with TVS Credit Services and Bajaj Auto Finance for bike financing options.

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