Ride-sharing will optimise road space as well as vehicle utilisation; The company is aiming to reduce 3,000 tons of carbon emissions by 2020
With plumes of smoke rising from acres of farm land in Haryana & Punjab, Delhi has once again been brought to its knees. And once again, the Kejriwal government has proposed to bring in the odd-even rule that will be effective from November 4-15, 2019. While many car owners may turn to the Ola and Uber cab aggregating solutions, there is a simpler and much more cost-effective way of beating the government dictate. The answer comes in the form of shared mobility, but not the kind that is offered by Ola or Uber, but by service providers such as Quick Ride that offer car-pooling services.
In a recent announcement the company has stated that it will not be charging its usual service fee of 6 % during the tenure of the odd-even scheme in Delhi. Much rather, it has reduced this fee to 0 % to ensure more users will be prompted to use the car-pooling service.
While in conversation with KNM Rao, Co-Founder & CEO, Quick Ride; Auto Tech Review noted that the company is looking to make an impact towards pollution and optimising the usage of the existing road infrastructure. Further, the services offered by Quick Ride are non-monetary in nature. Users can either give or take a ride. Those who give a ride can also take a ride. This is the simple solution as per Rao to beat the odd-even scheme. If you have a car that has an registration number ending with an odd number, you can share your ride with others on odd days and using the points you earn, on even days, you can take a ride with someone else.
Now coming to the cost-saving aspect, not only can users offer their ride, receive points and then re-use these points; those who are looking to just take rides can simply put in a request and are charged roughly at Rs 3/km, this works out to be a lot cheaper than some alternate means of transport you may think of using during the odd-even scheme.
At present, Quick Ride has around 2.8 million registered users across India. Out of these around 1.0 million users are active. The company has stated that it has been able to reduce roughly 300 tons of carbon emissions on a daily basis across the cities it operates in. In Delhi NCR alone, the company claims to have reduced around 40 tons of carbon emissions per day with close to 4 lakh active users in the capital city. Quick Ride has set up an ambitious target of reducing 3,000 tons of carbon emissions per day by 2020, which effectively means it is aiming at having around one million active users across India on a daily basis.
Further, of the around three crore rides it has organised since the time of beginning operations, the company has received no reports regarding a compromise on safety. It also confirms the identity of the individual offering and taking the ride using an Aadhar card verification as well as by sending an OTP to registered users to confirm their identity. Users have the option of inviting whom they want to share their ride with.