JD(S) Launches ‘Namma TYGR’ Cab Service
Janata Dal (Secular) launched “Namma TYGR” an app-based cab aggregator service in Bengaluru with a fleet of 10,000 cabs. This initiative by JD(S) in collaboration with a Kolkata based Startup ‘TYGR’, comes with a promise of better facilities to taxi drivers.
The new taxi-hailing service is backed by the JD(S), and Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy in particular, and the taxi drivers’ union in collaboration with TYGR, which claims to have self-financed the venture along with angel investors.
“Partnering with local franchises who know the geography better will help TYGR grow quicker and gain a larger share of the market. He said the array of benefits that are being provided to the drivers such as better rates, better profit margins and insurance cover for their families, along with no surge pricing, will help them position TYGR better in the market. We will expand the fleet in Bengaluru as it’s a huge market and contributes almost 30% to the cab”, Said TYGR Founder Aditya Poddar.
By looking to cater to both the customer and the taxi drivers with better services and benefits, Namma TYGR’s users and drivers are aiming for a more collaborative growth and deployment strategy, Poddar added.
TYGR Co-Founder Dipanjan Purkaystha said, “H D Kumaraswamy was looking for a venue to help drivers and we were looking for an opportunity to set up services in Bengaluru. We took the opportunity to collaborate with drivers’ unions here. We will work with them to address their concerns unlike what the current cab aggregators are doing. We intend to provide incentives not just in terms of money but also through facilities like medical insurance, accident cover etc.
TYGR, which already has a ‘subscription model’ cab service in Kolkata, will function on the lines of ‘Driver Partner’ where the company will take a commission of 12 percent of all earnings by the drivers.
“I support the various features provided to the drivers – car maintenance, healthcare. It solves many problems faced by drivers in this ecosystem. Social initiatives such as blood donation camps by TYGR drivers are also well appreciated”, Said Former PM H.D. Devegowda after launching the service.
Praveen a cab owner and driver praising the services said, “Aggregators like Ola and Uber take away 25 percent of our incomes but here the commission is just 12 percent. Moreover, we are being given facilities like medical insurance, accident cover and a safety alert system for the drivers as well. This seems like a better option for us and we are happy that someone like Kumaraswamy who we all know has given us assurance about the app and service.
The startup claims that close to 10,000 cabs are ready to ply under ‘Namma TYGR App’ in Bengaluru. As of now the Namma TYGR plans to introduce three catogories, Hatchback at Rs. 12.50 per km, Sedan at Rs. 14.50 per km and SUVs at Rs. 18.50 per km. App will not include pooling services. However, the outstation and rental services are expected to be lauched in a month. The company plans to launch its B2B services across the country by the end of the year.
Differentiating his service with the other services providers, the CEO of TYGR, Aditya said “What makes our service different from other players are features like no surge pricing for the customers. We will charge a 12 percent commission from our driver partners which is practically the half of what other aggregators are charging currently. We will provide many benefits like life Insurance, car insurance, car servicing and maintenance costs, health insurance, etc to the drivers and their families”.
The service is launched ahead of Karnataka Assembly Elections next year as the JD(S) Cheif H.D. Kumaraswamy had proposed to set up an app-based cab service when drivers and aggregators like Ola and Uber had locked horns over services in the city.
The scrutiny process of drivers include Aadhaar verification apart from police clearance With 10,000 drivers already onboard, the company hopes to introduce Namma TYGR autos and expand the cab services to 50,000 in the next 6 months.
Here are some of the screenshots of ‘Namma TYGR App’: