Yellow cabs to turn `app’ealing soon
The blue-and-white and yellow cabs is all set to take a giant step forward with the state government issuing a notification to bring the conventional taxi fleet on the app platform.
The app, a senior state government officer said, would give these `price-regimented’ cabs a level-playing field to compete with cab aggregators like Ola or Uber. There has been long-standing demand from the yellow cab operators to allow them ply with aggregators apps so that they can find commuters without making empty runs, scouting for commuters.
The app developers have promised that cabbies will not only find choicest passengers but there will be a lot of security features, which will make commuting safe. TYGR App, for instance, has got their app installed with 2,000 cabbies in the city.“With one and half months of our efforts, it is quite an achievement. But we want a si zeable cabbies to install the app so that a commuter always gets a cab, irrespective of time of the day ,“ said Dipanjan Purkayastha, co-founder and MD of Tygr App.
The app will be available free of cost.“Our revenue will come from advertisement and from online transactions,“ said Aditya Poddar, co-founder and CEO of TYGR. The app has a number of security features, including online tracking. TYGR has tied up with a bank so that a cabby can buy smartphone and a card-swiping machine with an easy EMI of Rs 500.
Rigo App, however, does not come without a price. “Its installation cost per cab is Rs 30,000. There will be three cameras installed. “We plan to levy 15% extra of the metered price of trip to recover the installation cost. We hope that commuters won’t mind to pay this extra for a safe ride,“ said Bimal Guha of Bengal Taxi Association.
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