Awami Rikshaw union launches its own new ride-hailing app

Lahore(Monitoring Desk):  Awami Rikshaw Union has launched its own new ride-hailing app (ARU).

The Awami Rickshaw Union (ARU) launched this new ride-hailing app in a ceremony held at a local hotel on Sunday.

The ARU has fixed a base tariff of Rs48 and Rs9 per kilometer for travelling anywhere in the city. The tariff of Awami Sawari App is not very competitive as compared to UberAuto or Careem’s Teez rickshaw service. ARU President Majeed Ghauri believed the ownership of the new app is the core strength of this initiative.

Speaking to media, Ghauri said that as many as 500 rickshaw drivers have already been registered with the App. The union has asked rickshaw drivers to encourage their passengers to install Awami Sawari App and call rickshaw at their doorstep. The union is also trying to provide android smartphones to rickshaw drivers to make the initiative a success.

Replying to a question, he said it is totally a made-in Pakistan app and there is no foreign stakeholder. “Some of our friends, who have a tech background, helped us in developing the mobile application platform for rickshaw drivers and commuters. The application has been tested among a select group of users and all bugs have been fixed before the launch,” he maintained.

“We are not against multinational ride-hailing services operating in different cities but we are against the uneven playing field. The rickshaw drivers are paying for vehicle fitness certificates, traffic police challans, the fines imposed by the environment department and several other such taxes and penalties, while these ride-hailing services are snatching passengers from rickshaw drivers,” he underscored.