The State Transport Authority under the Department of Transport, Govt. of Goa has granted approval for operations of GoaMiles app based taxi service. The approval has been granted in accordance with guidelines for app based taxi operations in the state. This move comes bang at a time when local taxi operators have been opposing the app.
GoaMiles has now opened its doors to all categories of registered vehicles to sign up and boost the state first and only app based service. It has been further stated in a press release that the aggregator can now aggregate taxis in the category of AGT(All Goa Tourist), Yellow black taxis and AITP taxis , Yellow Black Motorcycles, Rent a Cab, Rent a Bike etc. The move has been framed as per the guidelines formulated by state transport authority.
Goa has around 30,000 registered tourist taxis operating across the state; however the taxi operators in Goa can now join GoaMiles and accrue huge benefits under this service which will give a big fillip to tourism in the State of Goa.
Launched in August last year, the services of the app have been managed by a local Goan company called Frotamiles Pvt. Ltd. Created as an SPV as per the requirements of the tendering process. Further adding an individual wing is SPV is the subsidiary of the parent company Pitsaws Software Pvt. Ltd that was created just to cater to GoaMiles. The taxi aggregator has gradually increased from 55 vehicles to 1,500 cabs and has recorded more than 20,000 trips per months.
GoaMiles has set a target of increasing its trips for the financial year 2020 by 2 lakhs. Goa has around 30,000 taxi operators and around 2,500 rent-a-cab operators who are legalised and conducting authorised business’ who can join the app-based aggregator.