Online cab aggregator Uber has expanded its bike taxi service UberMOTO, in Noida and Ghaziabad. The service was so far available in five Indian cities which include Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. With this, Uber is in all parts of Delhi NCR, apart from Delhi.
UberMOTO was first launched in India in Bangalore in early March 2016, but was suspended within 3 months after its launch since the Karnataka government deemed it illegal. As per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, enforced in Karnataka, a two-wheeler is considered to be private transport and that bike taxis need to be licensed for commercial use. Karnataka now requires bike taxi operators to apply for a license for their service in order to operate in the state. UberMOTO was then launched in Gurgaon towards the end of the same month, followed by Faridabad in October 2016, Hyderabad in January 2017 and Ahmedabad in May 2017.
Fares for UberMOTO also vary from city to city. We checked for Noida, and UberMOTO (screenshot below) charges a base fare of Rs 5, followed by Rs 5 per kilometre, and a minimum fee of Rs 10. Users can pay by cash, credit/debit card, mobile wallet, or UPI. Also read: Uber’s UPI integration goes live; Paytm vs UPI
UberMOTO had completed one year in India in July, and said that it did 2 million trips till then, and said that in Gurgaon, 1 out of every 4 trips on UberMOTO is to/from metro stations, and that an UberMOTO ride is requested in Hyderabad every 18 seconds.
Bike taxis are legal in Haryana, and currently, the most active bike taxi companies are in the Delhi NCR region. UberMOTO competitors include Ola, Baxi, OneManTaxi, K Bike and Bikxie. Some recent developments:
- Ola: VCCircle reported last week that Ola is looking to launch bike taxi operations in Kolkata, reportedly in talks with OneManTaxi and K Bike for strategic partnerships or buyouts. Ola currently operates in the Delhi NCR region, Jaipur, Hyderabad among others.
- Baxi: In March, Gurgaon-based Online motorbike taxi company Baxi had said that it was planning to launch of bike taxi services across Uttar Pradesh.
- N.O.W: Noida-based bike taxi app N.O.W raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding last year.
- In January last year, bike taxi company Bikxie raised an undisclosed amount of angel funding.
The Times of India also reported in March that Bike taxis players like Dot, TuWheelz, Rideji in Haryana had shut down; in Bangalore, companies like Headlyt, Heybob, and Zingo have shut down; Mtaxi shifted focus to deliveries, and Bikxie and Yaya apparently also started deliveries.