Just five months after acquisition, TaxiForSure has announced that it is shutting down its operations in 22 cities in India. The app has announced that all of its services are migrating to the Ola app, along with its userbase.
The company made this announcement in a blog post, where it informed all of its users that the TaxiForSure app will be redundant from now on. Users can instead use the same logins to use the Ola cabs app, where the TaxiForSure services will now be fully integrated. TaxiForSure offered hatchback, sedan and SUV services on its app.
Ola cabs had acquired TaxiForSure for $200 million in March. Since then, Ola has integrated TaxiForSure s hatchback service in its own app, and now the company kills the standalone TaxiForSure app in 22 cities.
TaxiForSure will cease to exist in Ambala, Bhavnagar, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Hubli-Dharwad, Jabalpur, Jamnagar, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Sholapur, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Ujjain, Varanasi, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam.
What s interesting is that, the company will continue to operate in 30 cities especially metro cities like Mumbai and Delhi where it faces a lot of heat from DoT with respect to regulatory and safety norms.
TaxiForSure continues to
operate as an independent brand in the top 30 cities with a strong focus on building the most economical brand in personal transportation. The consolidation of TaxiForSure into the Ola app in the next 22 cities (the city) is designed to ensure a seamless experience for consumers,straight from the Ola app. We have ensured a smooth transition for driver and operator partners from the TFS platform to Ola’s in terms of technology and training to ensure that nothing changes for customers in these cities. Customers can continue to book a ride of their choice through the Ola app with one touch. TaxiForSure continues to offer the most economical fares in 30 cities across the country, starting INR 49, Ola spokesperson told BGR India.
The company informs that all those users who had TFS credits in their account, will get it transferred back to their bank accounts. If users had promotional TFS Credits in their account, they ll be transferred to the Ola app in the form of Ola Money. The Paytm wallet users won t have any problem, as that money will remain untouched.