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Bengaluru based online bike taxi aggregator, Rapido, has announced a resumption of services across 100 cities in the country. The announcement comes after the Central Government directive of resuming economic activity under its Unlock 1.0 protocols.
The brand announced that its fleet of bike taxis will be available across Orange and Green Zones only, and the strict safety protocols will be followed. The brand has issued a set of guidelines to all its Captains/ rider partners.
The company's guidelines dictate that all Captains or rider partners have to wear a mask, carry hair nets and a spare helmet for passengers, and have to sanitise their two-wheelers at regular intervals.
In addition, all Captains will have to use the Arogya Setu app while on duty. Rapido has also updated its own smartphone application to help its rider partners stay clear of Red Zones and other containment zones across their routes. The brand has also updated its application to request customers to wear a mask at all times, and to carry and use hand sanitisers.
The company's statement stated that resuming services and business operations was critical for the survival of its 3 lakh Captains, most of whom are dependent on the service as their only source of income.
The brand also said that its bike taxi service was a safer last-mile travel solution when compared to other modes of public transport such as shared auto rickshaws and public buses.
In related news, Rapido has recently partnered with the Governments of Delhi and Karnataka to help deliver essential goods such as food packets at underprivileged areas within the State and the national Capital.
In a move to resolve supply-chain challenges, the brand facilitated delivery of essentials from across 16,000 grocery and medical stores in Delhi and in the State of Karnataka. To know more, click here.
Thoughts About Rapido Resuming Operations Across 100 Cities In India
While this definitely comes as a relief for Rapido's rider partners, we're unsure of how many people may use the service. Once can expect the masses to be afraid of travelling with people they do not know. We hope a resumption of operations works well for Rapido and all their rider partners.