Moratorium on rent-a-bike?

PTI, PANAJI | 24 May 2012 14:19 IST

The Goa government is examining whether they can have a moratorium on the number of vehicles registered under rent-a-bike scheme amidst rising number of bikes being given on rent to tourists in the state.

State Transport Director Arun Desai told PTI that the state transport authority (STA) meeting, which is scheduled in near future, would take a view on whether to restrict the number of bikes given under the scheme.

Considering the demand from visitors, the Goa government had allowed bikes on rent for them.

Following this, several people purchased bikes which are given on hire for a cost of Rs 250- Rs 1,500 depending on the tourist season.

Traditional tourist taxi operators who have been severely affected because of these bikes had demanded ceiling on number of such bikes permitted in the state.

Desai said that there are around 14,000-odd bikes under the scheme.

"We need to see whether for a state like Goa, we really need such number of bikes," the director said.

He also said that the final call on whether to allow more bikes or stop at a certain number would be taken by the STA.

Goa receives more than 26 lakh tourists annually.

The bikes taken on rent come handy for visitors, thus sparing them from paying hefty sums to tourist taxis in the state, which operate without meter.

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