Hence, he added, the service has no legal backing.
According to a report in The Times of India, the Karnataka transport department has said these two companies have not obtained permit or licence to run ride sharing bikes in Bengaluru.
The two-wheeler vehicles are considered as and falls under private vehicle category in Karnataka.
Reportedly, the transport department officials have already seized a few of such operating vehicles. An official said that the rider was riding the vehicle without a badge and yellow board. A local startup called MTaxi flagged off its bike taxis with around a dozen 100cc commuters. We will not allow them to operate.
The service will help people save time and money on short trips across town and provide last mile connectivity, Uber said in a statement.
At the time of filing, UberMoto’s services were available for booking on the app – while Ola was not able to show any available bikes in Koramangala, Bengaluru.
“The bikes can not ply as taxis as they have to procure the permit from the state transport authority, the Deccan Herald reported”.
The entry of big names will surely impart a boost to the concept of bike taxis in India, we will also be interested in what bikes will be employed once the service expands across the country.
Dr. Ramegowda, Commissioner for Transport and Road Safety, State Transport Department, Bengaluru told Gadgets 360 in a phone conversation that taxis need to obtain permission from the deputy commissioner of the concerned district of the area, and could only operate after a license to operate as a yellow board vehicle.