As reported yesterday by Waya Media, Bassem Bouguerra, a co-founder of IntiGo, a Tunisia-based bike-taxi rental startup, yesterday in a statement reported that the members of the Tunisian Union of Individual Taxis hijacked and damaged four of IntiGo’s vehicles. Bougherra added that the taxi owners assaulted the drivers of the four vehicles of IntiGo and closed the road.
Fawzi Al-Khboushi, Secretary-General of the Tunisian Union of Individual Taxis, has stated that some ride-hailing companies are transporting people illegally. He insists that these companies are circumventing the law by using car rental companies to transfer taxi customers without obtaining the necessary licenses to do this. The Taxi Union has been vocal about their disapproval of IntiGo since it was launched in December 2019.
Al Khboushi added that the Ministry of Transport did not authorize these people to work in the transport of passengers.
Founded by Bassem Bouguerra and Nebil Jridet in December last year. The mobility startup allows users to book bike-taxi service in Tunisia through their app. IntiGo aims to surpass the transportation problem in Tunisia whilst making its rides 20-30 percent cheaper than regular taxi services in the country.
The company claims that within the four months of its launch, it provided over 11,000 rides via its small fleet of 50 scooters. IntiGo raised around $300K in a seed funding round led by some angel investors back in February. In March, the company also tapped into the logistics service as a revival plan amid COVID-19 pandemic.
LAFFAZ Media has contacted IntiGo on the email address provided on their website to have further information and actions on the above-said matter. This story will be updated as soon as the company reverts.