The “Ride-sharing Service Guideline” is likely to be placed before the cabinet meeting on Monday in a bid to legalise app-based transportation platforms like Uber and Pathao.
According to the draft guideline, the ride-sharing companies will reserve the right to set the transport fare.
Commuters have already expressed fear that companies may hike the fare after getting full freedom to set fares, however, business insiders dismiss such worries pointing it is difficult for any company to arbitrarily raise fares in such a competitive market.
Most ride-sharing platforms, including Uber and Pathao, have set the fare at Tk18 per kilometre for sharing a private car while the base fare is Tk40 for the first two kilometres. The charge for the premium service is Tk22 per kilometre with a base fare of Tk80.
The companies have set the fare without any sort of direction from the government.
The companies will be allowed to enjoy autonomy in setting fares as before, but the government may intervene if frequent complaints arise from the commuters’ end, the draft law reads.
According to the draft law, the base fare of the ride-sharing services should not surpass the existing fare chart of taxicabs.
Currently, taxicabs charge Tk85 for the first two kilometres as base fare while a commuter has to pay Tk34 per kilometre for the rest of the ride.
The draft law, however, does not have any provision discussing fares of motorcycle ride-sharing services.
Moreover, the draft law is not going to have any policy on shipping profit overseas.
Ride-sharing services have commenced their journey on November 30, 2016 with the launching of Uber, a US-based e-hailing company.
Although the launch of app-based ride-sharing companies in Bangladesh was not very smooth, in the course of time, these services started receiving an overwhelming response from commuters of all ages.