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17 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Vigilence needed for ride services

Vigilence needed 
for ride services

The motorcycle based ride services began in Bangladesh following the car based ride facility, Uber, with the sole aim of easing the communication woes of city dwellers and to provide income for educated young people. However, widely acclaimed in the beginning, the bike based ride sharing phenomenon has now become rampant with many not following the Bangladesh Road and Transport Authority, BRTA, guideline.

According to the rules, bikes can only pick up passengers at certain locations; while currently, this has become a street nuisance with bikers stopping everywhere to pick up and drop passengers. On one hand, this increases the risk of accidents while on the other, legitimizes the tendency to disregard clearly stated regulations.

The other problem, as reported by bike sharing companies, is many bikers who are not registered with them are using their names to attract passengers. Reportedly, this is done by young people using own motorcycles to ensure a swift income. Stopping independent bike owners from providing ride sharing facilities will be difficult and, to an extent, unethical because if an individual wants to want to earn independently s/he has the right to do so. However, using the name of a company to get customer confidence is not honest. In this regard, to encourage young people with bikes to use their vehicle to earn, the BRTA can set up a booth which will register independent ride providers, against copies of their national ID card, finger print and home address.

If the BRTA, with the support of particular ward administrations or branches of government banks, set up small registration centres around the city, independent bikers can easily be included in a government databank. In exchange, the BRTA can provide a small sticker with the bike’s licence number, to be attached on the vehicle. To make this process a convenient one, the finger print taking clause can be attached to mandatory SIM registration with registration of bikes for ride sharing usage done through online form filling.

The BRTA can also have large signboards containing the regulations put up at major bike pick up points. From a practical angle, preventing independent bikers offering rides for a fare is not possible; therefore, bringing it within a legal framework should be thought of. Meanwhile, at busy intersections of the city, there can be some common designated points for all bikes to drop and pick passengers.

For security reasons, such spots can be under CCTV coverage.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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