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10.06.2015

If everyone at bpb pooled in their most significant experiences, we could stitch them together into a single tale about love and leather, Buenos Aires, bands and broken hearts. And starring in each story either as guest or protagonist, would be a motorcycle (or, for the less badass of us, a scooter).

And so we look at Hey Taxi!’s fleet as a flock of stories, this new app that allows South Bombay to get a motorcycle/scooter on demand, Uber style, where you can either choose to be picked up as a commuter or send a parcel (up to 5 kgs). Women, you are currently barred from the commuter option for safety reasons, but they will soon employ biker chicks as well. Tough? Yes Mr Modi, #DespiteBeingAWoman.

Try it now, while users are few and customer service is prompt. Plus, they’re offering unlimited free rides and deliveries all through June.  

Founder Manoj Maheshwari, who runs a private vehicle company, claims that Hey Taxi! is less about saving money and more about saving time. “Sometimes, all you need in this city’s traffic is for a bike to come rescue you, zigzag its way through the jam,” he says, guaranteeing that his riders have been trained to be safe and not speed.

Ramping Up

While the monsoon doesn’t seem like the ideal time to launch anything with bikes, Manoj tells us that he’s using the season to iron out any kinks, before Hey Taxi! expands beyond South Bombay. We downloaded the app yesterday to find a few bugs while signing in, but after that had a smooth experience with slick UI. Try it now, while users are few and customer service is prompt. Plus, they’re offering unlimited free rides and deliveries all through June.  

Good luck to the Riders on the Storm, and God speed!

Getting there: Download the Hey Taxi! app for iOS and Android, visit heytaxi.in; Rs 30 per 3 kms, and subsequently Rs 10 per km for commuters;  and Rs 50 per 5 kms and Rs 10 per subsequent kms for parcel delivery. Unlimited free rides and deliveries during June.

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