Ride-sharing company Ola has restarted its bike taxi service in Bengaluru amidst the ongoing standoff between taxi companies and the Karnataka government in court.
The company’s founder, Bhavish Aggarwal, said on X, “Restarting Ola Bike in Bengaluru today. This time, all electric and our own s1 scooters.”
He added that the booking of e-taxis for 5 kilometers has been charged at Rs 25, while Rs 50 is set for 10 kilometers. He also mentioned that the service would be extended across the country over the next few months.
Despite the hurdles in court, Ola’s recent policy would not face any opposition, as the Karnataka government has adopted measures to favor e-bike taxis in the state.
The situation is similar with the Delhi government, which has recently taken steps to ban bike taxis that are not electric. This decision was a direct result of the Supreme Court judgment in June, which stated that two-wheeler taxis cannot operate unless a proper policy is in place.
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