Only one ridesharing service provider company applied for and got licence from Bangladesh Road Transport Authority on the first day as the Ridesharing Services Guideline 2017 came into effect on Monday.
On the first day BRTA got online application from Pickme Limited and got registered on the same day, BRTA director (engineering) Md Lokman Hossain Mollah told New Age on Monday.
The officials involved said that no other companies applied for licence and enlistment certificate so far, especially those already popular in the Dhaka city.
Earlier, at least 16 companies applied for registration on paper but they are yet make any move after the authority urged them to apply online.
Introduced in 2016, the app-based ridesharing services, particularly in Dhaka and Chattogram metropolitan cities, have gained popularity even before the question of government approval was raised.
On March 8 in 2018, the guideline came into effect allowing the commercial use of private vehicles across the country.
In line with the guideline, all ridesharing companies and motor vehicle owners would have to receive enlistment certificates from the authority.
On June 10 this year, at a meeting chaired by the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, a decision was taken to start giving licences to the ridesharing companies from July 1.
They had already requested the companies to apply online who applied on paper earlier, he said.
On the process of registration, BRTA director Md Lokman Hossain said, ‘At first we will start providing licences or enlistment certificates to the companies and then we will provide certificates to the individual owners of vehicles,’ the director added.
Meanwhile, the conditions mentioned in the guidelines involving an SOS (Save our Souls) system and the national emergency helpline 999 still awaits implementation from July 1 as work on this system was ongoing.
The companies which applied on paper for enlistment certificates earlier, include Uber, Pathao, O Bhai, Shohoz Limited, Chaldal Limited, Akash Technology Limited, Golden Reign Limited, Rider Rideshare Enterprise Inc Limited, Easier Technologies Limited, Akij Online Limited and Computer Network System.
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