Bangladesh approves policy on ride-sharing services
January 15th, 2018 at 5:32 pm
Bangladesh approves policy on ride-sharing services

Dhaka – The ride sharing commuter service in Bangladesh will have to obtain permission from the authorities concerned, according to a new policy.

A weekly meeting of the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the policy on Monday as the ride sharing services like Uber and Pathao were gaining popularity in the congestion nagged capital Dhaka.

The services based on mobile apps will have to get permission from Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam after the meeting.

International ride sharing service Uber began its operations in Dhaka on Nov 22, 2016 while motorbike service of Pathao began commuting passengers a few months later.

Both the services gained popularity in absence of a better public transport system in the mega city of nearly 15 million population.

The operators will be allowed to provide the service in major cities across Bangladesh maintaining 11 conditions. The service giving organisation and the persons will have to obtain license under the policy.