Uber Pilots Motorbike Service in Bangkok

A motorcycle taxi on Soi Sukhumvit Soi 11. Photo: Mark Fischer / Flickr

BANGKOK — Uber is launching service on two wheels rather than four for the first time in Thailand’s capital city, the company announced this morning.

Rolled out on the same morning as massive delays struck the BTS Skytrain system, the new “UberMoto” service is now available in limited areas of the capital city.

The San Francisco-based company’s first motorcycle service in the world enters the market about six months after GrabBike was launched by the recently renamed Grab.

UberMoto is available through the same Uber app. Drivers’ identities will be displayed, according to the announcement, and helmets will be provided for road safety.
 

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Photo: Uber Moto / Courtesy

 

Introductory fares for UberMoto start at 10 baht and increase by 3.50 baht per kilometer or 85 satang per minute.

At launch, the service is available only in the Sathorn, Siam and Silom areas. The company said it will expand coverage to other areas as more drivers register.

Until March 15, first-time Uber users will get two rides worth up to 100 baht for free, by using code “UberMOTOBKK.”

 

Chayanit Itthipongmaetee can be reached at chayanit@khaosodenglish.com and @chayaniti92.

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