Rajasthan Transport Minister Yunus Khan today launched Ubers bike-sharing service uberMOTO in Jaipur by flagging off close to 200 motorcycles here.
Khan said that the company had signed an MoU with the state government during Resurgent Rajasthan summit in 2015 to provide job opportunities to 20,000 people and the new service has been launched as part of the pact.
He added that the government has already formulated a policy in November last year for such services.
After flagging off the bikes at Jawahar Circle, Khan rode pillion on a motorcycle. He also asked the drivers to follow traffic rules, wear helmets and behave well with the customers.
Abhinav Patwa, GM Uber Rajasthan, said that Jaipur is the fourth destination where the company has launched the bike-sharing facility.
"This is a quick, easy and affordable way to get around the city," he said.
Rides can be booked through the Uber app.
The uberMOTO bike-sharing platform is currently activated in Bengaluru, Gurgaon and Hyderabad.
The company promises that uberMOTO offers an affordable and convenient motorcycle ride at the push of a button, through the Uber app. Riders receive driver and bike details just as they do for other Uber rides, as well as all standard safety features before, during and after the ride including GPS tracking, two-way feedback and the ability to share trip details with family and friends.
Uber officials said their two-wheeler taxi service was available in the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia and Vietnam. According to them it is especially well-suited for first mile/last mile connectivity, getting people from their homes or offices to metro stations and vice-versa. Both the driver and rider of the motor-bike taxi have to wear helmets.
With inputs from PTI