Transport department plans novel bike taxi service


Jaipur: The transport department is planning to introduce bike taxi service that will pick up and drop passengers on bike, in Rajasthan. The idea which is in at preliminarystage is aimed at reducing traffic congestion while generating employment opportunities.

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Formalizing the draft policy to regulate private taxi aggregators, the department had also considered to cover bike taxi services which are gaining ground in metro cities. The proposed policy ‘Rajasthan On-Demand Information Technology Based Transportation Aggregators’ has been kept open ended for the inclusion of such services in near future.

To view its feasibility, services will be launched from selected areas as pilot project. According to the officials, with constant traffic congestion in the city, bike taxis will prove helpful for ferrying a single person. “As of now it is just a concept and we are looking forward on ways to implement it. If all goes well, bike taxi in Jaipur will soon be a reality,” said Shailendra Agarwal, principal secretary and transport commissioner. He added, “This will reduce congestion on roads and will provide jobs to those who want to be in it full time”.

The department has been looking for an alternate mode of transport that is economical and fast for passengers travelling on along. Officials claim that many people come to the city for a day and often travel from one office to another. 

However, abrupt pricing mechanism of app-based cabs and high fares of autos make a dent in their pockets. Bike taxis will provide them with an option to commute without incurring much cost. The idea is also to rope in common man who owns bikes but doesn’t want to make bike taxi as his living. One of the private players launched such service in Jaipur in August.

Starting with 30 bikes, the company has targeted to introduce nearly 2,000 bikes on road in the coming days. Services are available at base fair of Rs 20 and a person is charged Rs 5 per kilometer subsequently.