Little Shuttle will no longer be in operation starting October 1, 2019, the firms chief executive revealed in an emotional email to riders on Monday.
The CEO, Kamal Budhabhatti, said government officials informed him few days ago that the shuttles they hail from partners were not given “the right kind of license.”
“I have no quarrel with the authorities. They are doing their job as per what is listed in their bible. However, I would have appreciated that they open a dialog with technology companies like us on how to work together and change the face of public transportation in our country,” said the CEO.
The firm, he said, runs point to point shuttle services on the Little App and has thousands of Shuttle riders who rely on their platform daily.
But the CEO faulted the government, claiming that some firms that have become dominant in the market first started operating in the country without proper regulation.
“I am not sure if the decision to stop us was from the authorities or they were under pressure from the public transport cartels. Whatever the case, I would like to apologies to our riders that we would not be running this service from October 1, 2019, till we get a clearance from the relevant authorities,” announced Budhabhatti.
According to Techweez, the firm launched Little Shuttle in February this year.
Mr Budhabhatti said the booking service has been “so popular that most of the times they are fully booked.
“We have been running this services for last three quarters, and we have proved that public transport can be operated in efficient and profitable manner,” said Budhabhatti.