Bengaluru, Feb 16: Forget about morning traffic in Bengaluru. Now, you can download a Bike Taxi app, Hey Bob. A new initiative, this is considered to be the best these days to beat the intolerable Bengaluru traffic.
Otherwise known as the green city and the IT city, Bengaluru is growing infamous for its long trails of traffic. Whitefield, Kormangala, MG road are some of the areas commuters twice before crossing.
MA Saleem, Traffic Commissioner of Bangalore told OneIndia that " this is a good initiative to beat the traffic in Bengaluru and we welcome these kinds of transport facilities as they help in tackling traffic issues in the city."
Shreya Sharma, a commuter shared her experience with OneIndia and said "I am a resident of Koramangala. It was 8:30 am and I was a bit late to office which is located in Jayanagar 3rd block. So to avoid traffic, I decided to choose the bike taxi service rather than a cab."
"This was my first experience and I was a bit scared but the moment my bike taxi driver- Arun Vinod- came and greeted me good morning with a cheerful smile and offered me a Helmet (which is mandatory for pillion rider), I felt comfortable. It was an easy drive and it made my day when the service driver offered a morning gift and said have a nice day m'aam."
"I was even surprised with the bill amount that cost me Rs 30 for 4 km ride. I reconfirmed weather it was Rs 130 or just Rs 30 (said Shreya smilingly). It was a cheap ride as compared to high-end cabs, taxi services."
Vishal Kumar, Founder of Hey Bob told OneIndia, "we have started this new initiative for transportation facility on 29th August, 2015, while keeping in mind to serve all sections of the society. Indeed, everyone cannot afford cabs for transportation."
"To beat the rising traffic in the city, I have planned to execute this service in almost all parts of the city including Kormanagala, Jayanagar, HSR Layout, Marathalli, Kundanhalli, Whitefield. Surprisingly, 27 percent of passengers were women. We are also planning to provide facilities for the safety of women like tracking system."
"Goes without saying, we recruit drivers by checking their earlier experiences and background. Their starting salary is Rs 19,000 per month and we provide them an incentive of Rs 500 if they are not absent for a month," said Kumar.