DHAKA (Reuters) – Ride-sharing motor services is rising in popularity in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, where a nightmare of traffic, often means that walking is faster than taking the car or on the bus.
FILE PHOTO: Cars are seen stuck in heavy traffic after office hours during Ramadan in Dhaka, July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
The traffic congestion in Dhaka, which is one of the most bustling cities with a population of 20 million, is eat a to 3.2 million working hours a day, according to 2017 as the world bank study. The average rate of traffic flow is reduced to 7 km / h 21 km/h over the last ten years, only a little faster than average walking speed.
With the debut of the app-based ride-sharing services, in May 2015, and has helped to alleviate this problem. These days, service providers such as Uber Technologies Inc. UBER.(N) Pathao, Shohoz and OBHAI to transport hundreds of thousands of people every day on a motorcycle, navigating through the narrow lanes and busy roads.
“The parts of a bike will save me a lot of the time, I can be anywhere, at the time,” said Khadija Khan, private sector employee, who often hitches a ride.
The ride-sharing industry in Bangladesh is worth an estimated 22 billion taka ($260 million), accounting for about 23 per cent of the transport sector in the country, according to a 2018 study by the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI).
Local motorcycle ride-sharing service Pathao now has over five million registered users and more than 200,000 registered drivers, in accordance with the company’s chief executive, Hassan Melius.
A journey, which has been used to an uncomfortable ride on a rickshaw or a bus, it now takes only 40 minutes,” Melius said. “This not only saves time, but increases productivity as well.”
With the advent of the motorcycle, and the parts of apps not only provide relief to the commuters used to spend hours in the freezing of the movement, but it is also creating job opportunities for thousands of people.
“For a young man who, like me, a low-income family, it’s a great source of income for us,” said the student of Lokman Hossain, the owner of a motorcycle.
However, they could bike to the driver’s rash driving, is often cited as one of the main reasons for the recent surge in the number of road traffic accidents in Bangladesh. More than 4,000 people die in traffic accidents every year, and one of the world’s highest rates.
Massive student protests sparked by the deaths of two teenagers mowed down by a speeding bus in the capital in July last year led to street fighting and the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by the police.
The next month, the country’s cabinet has agreed to increase the maximum term of imprisonment for rash driving and the deaths of up to five years from three.
Reporting by Rafiqur Rahman; Writing by Ruma Paul; Editing by Karishma Singh Cushing’s disease, and He