Uber Shuttle Buses to be Launched Under Delhi Premium Bus Scheme

Uber Shuttle Buses to be Launched Under Delhi Premium Bus Scheme

Uber Shuttle has received an aggregator license to operate buses under the Delhi Premium Bus Scheme. Notably, Uber is one of the two aggregators granted a license under the Delhi Premium Bus Scheme, with the other being Aaveg.

This new service allows Uber customers in Delhi to pre-book bus seats on their chosen routes by selecting the ‘Uber Shuttle’ option in the app.

Each shuttle bus can accommodate between 19 to 50 passengers and will be operated by local fleet partners using Uber’s advanced technology.

“Uber Shuttle aims to increase vehicle occupancy, alleviate traffic congestion, and lower carbon emissions. By offering commuters a new travel option and generating new income opportunities for drivers, we believe this initiative will be beneficial for everyone,” said Amit Deshpande, Head of Uber Shuttle India, in a statement.

The company initially conducted a pilot program in Delhi-NCR and has been operational in Kolkata since last year under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the West Bengal Government.

About the Delhi Premium Bus Scheme

The Delhi Premium Bus Scheme is an initiative by the Delhi government to introduce a new category of app-based, air-conditioned luxury public buses. Here’s a breakdown of its key features:

Focus on Comfort and Convenience:

  • The scheme aims to provide a more comfortable and convenient public transport experience for commuters in Delhi.
  • These buses are envisioned as a premium alternative to regular public buses, offering features like air-conditioning, reclining seats, Wi-Fi, etc.

Private Operators and App-Based Booking:

  • Unlike regular DTC buses, private operators will be able to participate in the Delhi Premium Bus Scheme by obtaining a license.
  • These private operators are expected to utilize app-based booking systems, allowing for convenient pre-booking of seats and real-time tracking of buses.

Minimum Bus Specifications:

The scheme outlines minimum specifications for the “Premium Buses.” These buses must:

  • Be full air-conditioned luxury public service vehicles.
  • Have a minimum seating capacity of at least 9 passengers.
  • Offer pre-booked reclining seats for enhanced comfort.
  • Be equipped with Wi-Fi, GPS for tracking, and CCTV cameras for security.

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