Ola cabs resumed its bike taxi services in Bengaluru on Sep 16.
Founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal announced the news on Twitter.
All electric fleet
The two wheeler service comprises an all-electric fleet including S1 scooters.
The service will expand to other parts of the country in the coming months.
“₹25 for 5km, ₹50 for 10km. Lowest cost, very comfortable and great for the environment! Will scale across India over next few months,” the Ola CEO wrote.
Comeback after three years
It is returning to the city after 3 years.
It first started in 2016 but came under fire from the state’s transport department over the safety and legality of the two-wheelers and was completely banned in the state in 2019.
Karnataka State Minister Ramalinga Reddy said on Tuesday that the state is working towards permanently banning another two wheeler taxi service Rapido bike taxis.
The matter has to do with riders especially women’s safety.
The Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Association, representing 36 bus, taxi and goods vehicle unions called a strike earlier this week with calls for regulating bike taxi services among other demands.
Following this, Reddy said the government intends to address and resolve the concerns raised by auto and taxi drivers in the state.