Customers have partially received the services of Ride sharing apps as the government barred the co-rider on motorcycle for curbing the spread of corona virus from April 5.
The companies kept the e-commerce and parcel services open to connect the customer that mostly uses the apps for hailing a bike or car.Home-grown platform, Pathao submitted a letter to the Cabinet Division on Thursday urging the government to allow resumption of ride sharing of motorcycle.
In the letter, Pathao President Fahim Ahmed mentioned that the motorcycle is considered as a safe than other mode of transportation as there is chance to sufficient air circulations.
Pathao has continued its ecommerce services amid lockdown and restored the car rental service in parallel to market rival Uber on Wednesday.
The car hailing app stopped the ride sharing feature as Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) barred the services for two weeks through a notification on Sunday.
“Uber Moto will remain shut until BRTA deliver instruction to resume the services. However, Uber Connect, a package delivery service, shall remain available during the lockdown,” said a Uber spokesperson on query from Daily Sun on Thursday.
Pathao President Fahim Ahmed said that the company calls upon the government to allow resumption of motorcycle ride-sharing services.Pathao is committed to enable access to safe, reliable and affordable modes of transportation to consumers and to provide income opportunities for the daily earners on our platform, whose livelihood are at the greatest risk during this time, he added.
In addition, the company also applauded the government on its timely measures to curb the spread of corona virus to ensure that economic activities can proceed uninterruptedly and livelihood of the people is safeguarded.