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Kolkata techies find start-up to provide drivers during Covid-19 crisis

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If you have a car, but you are sick to drive or your driver is absent, it is time for you to get rid of worries and instead contact ‘drivers4me’, an app-based driver facilitation platform. A start-up by some techies, it has been created to help mainly the elderly during the unlock phase when they are finding it difficult to get a driver.

Rajarshi Nag who heads the startup along with four others said they started the service as often drivers from the local centres are not available if one is in need of a driver for two to three hours and often most people have to pay for five-six hours of service. “We started the service keeping this in mind and one can hire drivers from our app for even two hours and the basic charges are around Rs 170 for the first two hours, but if one is hiring for a longer period then the rate goes down and our charges are around Rs 49 per hour. However, it has dynamic pricing,” Nag said.

He said that keeping in mind the problem of the senior citizens in using the app there is a helpline no. as well -8882012345, so that one can hire a driver by calling the number. The best part is a driver can be booked just an hour before you plan to start. However, they accept bookings 10 days before the trip and even accept outstation trips. But for outstation trips the charge is over Rs 1,200.

He said that they are taking drivers after doing a proper background check and police verification report. The drivers are specially groomed and they travel by bicycle or rickshaw during this Covid-19 crisis.

The drivers are given special gears – face shield, mask and gloves and we even provide disposable seat covers and footrest along with hand sanitizers, said Nag. He said they have tie-ups with around 750 drivers in Kolkata and they have already got a client base of around 20,000 within a short period. He said they are also going to launch operations in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, and Hyderabad. We are providing an insurance cover for the trips as well, said Nag. “For any damage, we have provision to give Rs 3,000 on the spot, and if any major damage happens, we follow it up with the insurance company.”

Source:Times of India

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