Good news for commuters: Karnataka govt legalises bike taxi

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Bengaluru, April 15: The Karnataka government has decided to legalise the bike taxi service in the state, a news that will give several commuters in the city more than a relief.

The state transport department took the decision at a meeting held on Tuesday (April 12).


Transport Commissioner Ramagowda said: "Two-wheelers though can not be considered taxis but we have recieved good feedback from the commuters since it is more affordable to other taxies. Considering that, we have decided to look forward to make it legal across the state."

He, however, added that the authorities will keep a close watch on the safety part.

"Bike taxis are not so as safe as car taxis. Hence, it will be mandatory for the bike-taxi aggegators to follow the safety rules and we will be keeping a watch. It will be mandatory for the bike-taxi riders to carry extra helmets for the pillion riders," he said.

As per media reports, the aggegators will require legal permission from the transport authorities to ply in the city. "As of now, it has not been considered as legal but once the government sets up the new rule, then we will consider the application,"he said.

Over 74 bike taxis were seized by the transport officials in March. Following that, a few of the bike-taxi operators stopped the service. But a few are still operating.

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