Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has issued a ride-sharing license to three leading ride-hailing companies Shohoz, Pathao, and Uber after they started registering the app-based transportation services a few months ago. Several earlier reports suggest that a handful of other ride-hailing companies have either applied for the license or are in the process of getting one.
While ride-hailing services started in Dhaka in 2016 with the launch of Uber in Dhaka, there was no regulatory framework for these new generation transportation companies until early 208.
In June 2017, BRTA shared a proposed framework in the form of ride-hailing guidelines on its website titled “Ride-sharing Service Guidelines 2017” which was later got approved by the cabinet in January 2018. The guideline applies many benchmarks of Taxicab Service Guidelines 2010 such as fare into ride-hailing services.
BRTA finally began registration of ride-hailing companies from July 01, 2019 almost 18 months after the guidelines were formulated for ridesharing services. Shohoz, Pathao, Uber are three leading ride-hailing players to get licenses after BRT began the registration.