The Turkey based company, Albayrak is going to start its taxi operations from Lahore, with a 100 strong fleet of vehicles. The taxi service that is to be called ‘A-Taxi’ will formally be launched on February 16, 2016.
The A-Taxi service can be available by simply walking out on the road and getting one to stop, as well as using the Android app to call up a cab to your door step. Access to fare meter, which has disappeared from Taxis in Pakistan, is made available in the A-Taxi for calculation of the fare. Further, a GPS system is also available while the A-Taxi will be available 24 hours a day.
Coming to the fleet of Albayrak, the cars that are painted bright yellow with some black stripes to make them stand out, the cars are Suzuki Swift and Honda City for now and that has some of the current owners of both these cars in a bit of a twist. Similar to what happened when Metro cab first rolled out Toyota Corolla as their taxi and people were worried that running these cars as taxi would affect their image but that doesn’t happen. If anything, this would be beneficial because parts will become common.