Bengaluru-based new player in the ride-hailing space, Namma TYGR has launched its own service in the city. The company claims to offer cheaper cab rides for customers, reported Business Standard.
Backed by Janata Dal leader H D Kumaraswamy, the service was started by drivers who were dissatisfied with the existing players Uber and OlaCabs.
We have already signed up 10,000 drivers, out of which 5,000 are already active on the app. The remainder will come onboard in the next few days after the verification process is completed. Namma TYGR has been built keeping the drivers in mind, so we are fairly confident that more driver will sign up for the service, said Aditya Poddar, founder and CEO of TYGR.
Namma TYGR will follow a fixed fare structure, offering customers a ride in a hatchback for INR 12.5/Km, in a sedan for INR 14.5/Km and in an SUV for INR 18.5/Km. The service will only take about a 12% cut from a driver’s earnings on each trip, which is less than half of what rivals Uber and Ola charge.
The company also looks to provide benefits such as free healthcare, accident and life cover, free car maintenance and 24/7 on-road support and is hopeful that it will appeal to drivers to make the switch. Besides, the benefits also include covering the cost of textbooks for the children of drivers who go to school, something that Kumaraswamy has personally attested.
For now, Namma TYGR says it will look to build and refine its service in Bengaluru, but says it is only a matter of time before venturing into other cities in the country.
The drivers union behind Namma TYGR is already in touch with its counterparts in Mumbai and Delhi and says the driver in those cities are also eager for the launch of such a service.