After piloting auto rides through its app in Bangalore, Pune and Chennai. Ola is now testing this feature in Delhi. In a text message to select Ola users, it is inviting them for a preview of its newly introduced auto rickshaw services in Delhi.
The company says it’s currently in a beta-test mode and will officially announce the development and more details after this stage is over.
Recently, it had added auto rickshaw’s to its inventory in Bangalore, on the lines of a Pune based on demand auto service startup Autowalle. The charges were same as the authorized autofares with a INR 10 convenience fee.
The Delhi Government had recently released a notice for all app driven cab services to stop their operations until they get a permit from the State’s Transportation authority. However, now it has laid out certain guidelines for the cab service companies to follow to continue to ply within the capital. The specific guidelines for the company to be operational include
- Installation of GPS devices in all the cabs
- Providing full databases of drivers with the police
- Cab service providers to register themselves with transport authority and cabs having only NCR permit will be allowed to operate in Delhi.
With now the autowallahs coming into the picture, at least they won’t feel threatened by the growing sphere of technology led apps like the taxi operators, and the Government might have to think of more policies to regulate this new model of business.