by Sabahat Khan (Guest Writer) | April 26th, 2021

Public transportation has come a long way over the past few years. Metro buses, public trains, or taxis are no more the only means to ease mobility within or outside the cities. The Ride-hailing revolution has radically altered the ways people used to look at public transports. The smooth, uninterrupted, secure rides and when even the safety of self-driving cars has made these taxi services more reliable and equitable than ridesharing. Before we get to the ‘how’ of this claim, you must know the difference between them both:

Ride-Hailing: when the rider hires or books a personal driver to take them directly where they want to go. The vehicle is not shared by any other rider and does not make stops now and then. 

Ridesharing: it is just like carpooling where two or more riders are sharing the ride. The ride is not personal, and the vehicle makes several stops throughout the journey to drop or pick the other riders. 

How is Taxi Service Better Than the Rider Sharing?

The increase in the use of taxi service is getting mixed reviews from the public and authorities. Their benefits and drawback are being put side by side to conclude. Let’s have a look at how they are benefitting us:

The Ease of Travelling:

Ride-hailing is a convenient option. All you need is an app and a smartphone to book your ride as per your requirements. You won’t have to walk down the street to book a taxi; instead, your ride will be at your doorstep even before you step out of your house. 

Safe:

Taxis that are booked through apps are reliable. The companies are constantly tracking them. You won’t have to worry about being kidnapped or finding any inconvenience regarding fare calculation, and enjoy a convenient ride. Whereas ridesharing can give rise to some serious security concerns, it is widespread to get mugged or pocked picked while riding with strangers.  

Seamless Travelling:

Ridesharing is time-consuming. You will have to stop now and then for other riders to get on or off the vehicles. On the contrary, with ride-hailing, you can get on the car from your doorstep and step down directly to your destination. 

Eco-Friendly:

Ride-hailing options have become more focused on going green. They have increased the usage of hybrid vehicles that will lower energy consumption and reduce carbon footprints. 

What Are the Limitations?

It will be unfair on our part to stick to the benefits. Instead, there are certain limitations to ride-hailing services. For example, if each rider will book a separate ride, it will increase traffic congestion. Moreover, if ride-hailing services are not using electric vehicles or other eco-friendly alternates, environmental concerns will surely improve. 

Conclusion:

Ride-hailing apps have eased our lives to a greater extent. You can always rely on them as a safe option for you to travel. Just book a ride a get going with nothing to worry about! 

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