Kolkata Makes Uber History

Five months ago, we launched Uber in Kolkata and its transformed the way people move around their city with a more reliable and efficient transportation option. With so many people Ubering everyday, Kolkata remains one of Uber’s fastest growing cities and we’re excited to watch its rapid growth continue.

Yesterday was a historic day for riders and drivers in the Kolkata area.  The Commissioner of Police, Government of West Bengal, City of Bidhannagar, which includes Kolkata’s tech hub and airport, passed an order regulating on-demand transportation technology aggregators as technology companies, in accordance with the Information Technology Act 2000.

Rajeev Kumar, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bidhannagar showed great vision by ushering in a new era of safer transportation and sending a clear message to the entire country that embracing innovation, supporting consumer choice and ensuring the safety of riders should be a top priority for governments in every city. This first-of-its-kind order is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by putting differences aside and working together with the best interests of riders and drivers at heart.

We welcome the opportunity to assist the relevant authorities across India to implement similarly progressive regulations that accommodate technological innovation and keep riders safe while creating economic opportunity for drivers.

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