US-based global transportation technology company Uber has launched its new app-based motorbike service UberMOTO in Dhaka on Tuesday (Nov 14) and Bangladesh’s ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza took the first ride.
Uber inaugurated the service around 10:30 am Tuesday. While taking the first ride in UberMOTO, Mashrafe said, “I am very happy to become UberMOTO’s first rider and reached destination quickly despite of traffic jam. My biker partner also encouraged me to wear a helmet.”
Sources said the base fare in UberMOTO is Tk 30. During a trip, Tk 1 will be charged per minute and Tk 12 per kilometer.
Earlier Uber launched as a successful app-based Taxi service in Dhaka. However, they launched UberMOTO based on popular demands. Because of the extreme traffic congestion, Dhaka commuters are more interested in motorbike ride sharing services than taxi services.
The new service will be integrated to Uber’s previous app. With the launch of Ubermoto, Dhaka will have five app based ride sharing services such as Pathao, SAM etc.
However, the government has not formulated any policy yet for app-based ride sharing services.
According to sources, Uber started to register motorcycle for the service around one and a half months ago. Initially 500 motorbikes have been registered and more to follow.
Earlier, Uber initiated similar motorcycle services in India’s states and Bangkok.