Cab aggregator Ola has that it will be launching its Shuttle service in Pune. The company says it will be charging Rs 29 for 5 km and Rs 4 per km thereafter. The travel will be in an air conditioned SUV. The service is currently available on 12 routes with two timings each. The morning buses are at 8.15 am and 9.30 am while the evening buses are at 5 pm and 7.30 pm. The company has targeted the morning and evening office peak hours for Shuttle. You can find the routes on their blog.

Past Trouble

While Ola says the launch in Pune comes after successfully launching Ola Shuttle in Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, the company has run into trouble with authorities for the service in the past. We have written to Ola if they have obtained a license for shuttle rides in Pune and further details on the same. We will update once we get a response. 

In April, the Bangalore’s transport department had issued a notice to Ola for flouting its license conditions by running shuttle services in the city. Authorities had also seized nine vehicles near Manyatha Tech Park, Jayanagar, and Koramangala. Transport Commissioner HG Kumar had then said that Ola might face suspension of their entire service and had been given 15 days to reply.

The Karnataka state transport department had issued a license to cab the company under the new the on-demand cab aggregator rules. In Bangalore, only the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has a stage carriage permit in the city which allows them to run bus services. Ola or any other service can not have multiple pickup and drops in a route, it allowed to only provide service from one point to the other.

In 2015, Ola Shuttle ran into trouble with Delhi’s transport authority and had to suspend its operations in December.  At the time, Ola Shuttle had not obtained permits for shuttle services.

Zipgo’s shuttle service

Another Bangalore-based company Zipgo had also started shuttle services in Bangalore and Delhi. The company ran into similar problems and its vehicles were seized. Zipgo had temporarily shut services in Bangalore however, currently on the website the service is active.