17 January 2019, Kathmandu – Two wheeler sharing services like tootle and pathao are directed to resume its services after Prime Minister Khadka Prasad Oli has given go ahead speech at the gathering of National Development Commission and National Planning Commission, PM has directed the clergyman of physical infrastructure and transport, Raghubir Mahaseth to re-start the services of Tootle and Pathao without any hindrance. The Technology-based intermediary companies’ that operate from mobile applications Tootle and Pathao which have been running the business for a month in Kathmandu were alleged to be running illegally.
The action which was taken against the two-wheeler ride-sharing services terming them ‘illegal’ and ‘unsafe’, by the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) and the Metropolitan Traffic Police Office (MTPO), the frustration was poured by the general public on the actions of MTPO on the social media. Prime Minister KP Oli and former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai have similarly shared their frustration for taking the action against the two-wheeler ride-sharing services which was working in the favor of general public respectively.
After the taxi services filled the complaints against Tootle and Pathao, this campaign was started by The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division reports SP Jaya Raj Sapkota, Spokesperson at the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division. He said police impounded five motorbikes and arrested their riders operating the bike hailing service on Monday. The bike riders were fined Rs 1,000 for violating the law.
Tootle, whose main administrative office located in Bangladesh has been providing services to the general people for a few months. It was launched in January 2017 by a group of youngsters conducting researches on location-based online platforms. The campaign started by the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division got the mixed feedback where several of the people poured their frustration.
Nepal Student Union has warned for the continuing agitation against the decision if the provisions that protect and encourage innovation are not promulgated. They further add that instead of banning such services, the government should give tax breaks for a certain number of years and draft legislation that supports new ideas. The physical innovation spaces should be created and provide mentor and funds.
Similar services in the western world called uber and car rental or share a ride is in services for long already. Innovative ideas should be implemented with legal implementation of rules and should benefit our own citizens. Banning such services won’t only help foreign companies to make more money but frustration among the youths would rises.
Congratulations tootlers and Pathao team. keep on moving safely.