UberMOTO has been in existence for several months now, but its reach was limited in comparison to the conventional fleet of cabs. But Uber has started talking to multiple states across India to increase the footprint of UberMOTO service which is expected to become popular across the country due to the cheap fares. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelinesAlso Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
UberMOTO recently made its way to Noida and Ghaziabad last week, with plans to roll out in a few cities in Punjab. In addition, there are pilot programs already going on in Chandigarh and Mohali. UberMOTO is operational in seven cities with expansion plans in more cities. Uber s competitor Ola cabs had also launched its bike based taxi service a year ago, which has a wider presence in 11 cities which comprise Amritsar, Ludhiana, Hyderabad and Mohali.
In March 2016, Uber and Ola had launched the bike-based ride hailing services in Bengaluru but after a lot of opposition was put to a halt by traffic police officials who seized the bikes quoting that the bikes were being run without a permit. ALSO READ: uberMOTO, bike sharing service launched in Noida and Ghaziabad
UberMOTO has a decent presence across the National Capital Region and that is why Uber is planning to provide the last mile connectivity from the metro stations. Uber got this understanding from the fact that one out of every four uberMOTO trips in Gurgaon was to or from the Metro Rail Stations, indicating that they were proving to be a great last mile connectivity option. ALSO READ: US court orders Waymo to disclose details of Lyft deal to Uber
Uber s bullish attitude also arises due to Rs 52 crores that have been invested into its India business which will help it scale up the operations. Bike-sharing has been a huge success in countries like Indonesia and Vietnam and we are excited to work with state governments on progressive regulations that would help scale it up in cities across India, Shweta Rajpal Kohli, head, public policy, Uber India and South Asia told ET.