The capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad, has been dubbed by as the most beautiful in the country. The only issue citizens of Islamabad have been facing is the lack of cheap public transport, with expensive taxis the only way to go. However, the issue might finally come to an end, thanks to a startup business that will cater to the general public with comparatively cheaper transport.
Cargar, Pakistan’s first motorcycle taxi company, is now functioning in Islamabad. The company plans on providing affordable travel to the people who do not own cars or other means of transport and cannot travel via the extensively expensive taxis in the capital city. The venture is a ride sharing motorcycle service.
“Cargar is an innovative start-up aiming to provide customers with smart solutions to over-charging, traffic congestion and intensifying of carbon footprints. With Cargar, you’ll experience secure, inexpensive and efficient transport which shall not only reinvigorate the road infrastructure of twin cities but also reduce civic issues,” says the Cargar website.
The only issue that comes in mind is that Cargar is an app-based taxi service, much like its famous opposites Careem and Uber. Since Uber and Careem target the niche posh market, Cargar might face difficulties getting customers through the app-system. Currently though, Cargar has a taxi-stand G-9 and F-8 Kachehry Metro Stations. The chargers are very cheap, Rs. 15 per kilometer with an addition Rs. 20 as service charges.
“Cargar aims to provide maximum safety for its customers with helmets made mandatory for all riders and passengers,” Cargar CEO Faran Ahmed told The Express Tribune. After gripping its feet in Islamabad, Cargar plans to provide similar services in Lahore and Karachi.
It seems that the people of Islamabad have finally found a medium of cheap traveling they had been looking for since decades. Since there are no rickshaws in Islamabad, as banned by the government, the Cargar motorcycle taxi system will surely serve as an instant hit among the general public.