BENGALURU: App-based cab aggregator Uber along with Bajaj Auto on Thursday launched quadricycles in Bengaluru. Commuters can book Bajaj Qute on UberXS, an option available on the Uber app from areas like Indiranagar, Koramangala, HSR Layout and parts of the Outer Ring Road. It will be extended to other areas in a phased manner.While the transport department is yet to fix fares for quadricycles, Uber said the pricing of UberXS will be between the fare of autorickshaws and UberGo, which is the base category. “Qute is a driver plus three passenger quadricycle, which is a four-wheeled motor vehicle that’s smaller and lighter than a passenger car. Qute comes with two fuel options: CNG and petrol, which provides a mileage of 43km per kg and 35km per litre respectively. This makes urban commuting more environmental friendly and affordable,” said an Uber spokesperson. Nandini Maheshwari, head, business development, Uber India & South Asia, said, “At Uber, we constantly work towards transforming the mobility landscape of cities, with technology at the heart of our solutions.” Samardeep Subandh, senior VP, Bajaj Auto, said, “Bajaj Qute is the first quadricycle of India. It will prove to be an ideal solution for traffic congestion and pollution arising from rapid urbanisation. Qute is powered by a lightweight 216cc 4-valve water-cooled DTSi engine with closed loop fuel injection system resulting in higher fuel efficiency”. “Qute’s low running cost makes it suitable for daily commuting and it’s easy to drive because of dash-mounted sequential shift gears. A turning radius of only 3.5m makes it easy to manoeuvre and its small size helps parking in congested areas,” the statement added. Uber has recently collaborated with Yulu in the city to offer e-bikes to reduce congestion and promote an eco-friendly travel for everyday urban commuters. A Bajaj Auto official said for the time being, they have got 15 quadricycles registered as city taxis with the transport department. Transport department yet to fix fares TOI had carried a report titled ‘Quadricycles set to hit Bengaluru roads’ on June 10. However, Regional Transport Authority (RTA) has neither fixed fares nor issued permits for quadricycles. Karnataka’s On Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators (ODTTA) Rules state at least 100 vehicles, either owned by the aggregator or belonging to individual taxi permit holders, are needed to get a licence. According to ODTTA rules, the minimum and maximum fare for vehicles costing less than Rs 5 lakh is Rs 11 and Rs 22 per km, respectively. This means quadricycles inducted by Uber are likely to have the same fare.
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