The satellite township of Kolkata, New Town is getting ready for app based bike taxis.

A notification regarding the introduction of these vehicles has brought out by the West Bengal State Traffic Department, with licenses to be issued by the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) of North 24 Parganas district.

The bike taxis would be GPS-enabled to communicate with the app and more than one pillion rider would not be allowed on the vehicles.

In addition, the driver would have to provide a helmet to the pillion rider before starting the vehicle. Pillion riders would not be allowed to carry any luggage on the bike taxis, apart from for minimal baggage or a briefcase.

Although they would cover the whole of New Town, these bikes would not be allowed to ply on Major Arterial Road, except the crossing.

To get the project running, West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) has contacted cab service company Ola and another firm in the same domain, which currently operates bike taxis in Gurgaon.