visakhapatnam: The popularity of two-wheeler rental agencies in visakhapatnam city has risen in recent times, with commuters and tourists opting to hire out two-wheelers, in view of inadequate public transport connectivity in some residential and tourist areas in the city, convenience and low maintenance cost, since the vehicles are rented for a short period.
Such services are popular in other beach destinations in the country, such as goa and Port Blair, as well as in tourist destinations like Ladakh. Meanwhile, buoyed by the surge in demand, a large number of two-wheeler rental agencies have now developed mobile applications and websites in order for customers to book their services in advance. In fact, keeping in mind the needs of tourists, some agencies are also offering integrated services such as motorbike rental, car rental and even booking accommodation on their apps and websites. “For tourists we are offering an end-to-end service. You can book a bike and even accommodation in visakhapatnam on our website.
The service can be availed from the railway station complex or at the airport itself. Customers can return the motorbikes at these places once they are leaving the city,” said K Asok Kumar, from a prominent bike rental agency in the city. In visakhapatnam, the rental rate varies betweenRs 300 and Rs 400 a day, depending on the model of the two-wheeler. Agencies set up a limit of around 100 kilometre a day, while adding an excess charge of Rs 7 or Rs 8 per km for every additional kilometre. Similarly, for every additional hour, the agency usually charges between Rs 40 to Rs 50. Interestingly, some locals also avail of these services for their daiy commute.
“Last month when my bike broke down and was in the workshop for a week, I decided to rent a bike for five days. I don’t have the habit of using public transport such as buses, share autos or ‘metre’ autos, and Ola and Uber are quite a costly affair,” said M Srinivasa Rao, an employee at a many private hospital.