Today Uber Technologies Inc announced that soon they will accept cash payments for rides across all 22 cities that it operates in India. Riders in Kolkata, Bengaluru and Delhi will now have the option of paying by cash for their Uber rides other than using debit/credit cards and digital wallets like PayTM, Airtel Money. Also dynamic pricing/surge pricing will be disabled in both cities from 7 am to 9 pm.
If you are from Delhi or Bangalore and use Uber, you will be able to pay for your trip in cash from September 2. Uber first started accepting cash payments in Hyderabad in May and gradually brought the feature to more cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kochi and Ahmedabad in July, before rolling it out to all cities it operates in (except Mumbai, which, says Uber, will be added shortly).
“We’re thrilled to enable cash as a payment option for our riders today, especially on a day when commuters across India might find it difficult to get around in their cities. With Cash as another payment option, riders have more choice in terms of payment, in order to help them move easier from point A to point B,” said Bhavik Rathod, GM, Uber Bangalore.
On the Uber app, ‘cash’ as payment has to be selected before requesting a ride. Users can pay the amount directly to the driver at the end of the ride, but partial payments using cash and wallet is won’t be possible.
India is Uber’s second largest market outside the United States, and the company has been steadily adapting its business model to suit the needs of country. In November 2014, it integrated the PayTM wallet into its app; in July, it announced that it would start accepting payments by both Indian and international credit cards again, after running afoul of RBI regulations last year; and earlier this month, it added the Airtel Money Wallet as well as the ability to pay through debit cards to its app.