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Careem and Uber in trouble

Cab-hailing services Careem and Uber seem to have in serious danger. Following the trend of Punjab, Sindh also has declared these cabs illegal and warned in a notice that serious actions shall be taken against the app car-hailing services after a month. According to the notification, private cars must not be used for commercial carrying as these cars are illegally being used for transport purposes, such services are not only breaching local laws but also cause as a security risk for the local public.

"We wrote five letters to the Careem administration. However, despite giving them a warning, we received no response in return,” Provincial Secretary Sindh Transport Taha Farooqui told the press. He further said that he has written a letter to PTA to block the mobile apps of Careem and Uber. In order to ride a private taxi, the car must have commercial setting and fitness certificate.

Sindh Minister for Transport and Mass Transit Nasir Shah, "We have sent a notice to the private taxi service company. We have not banned the private taxi service company like Punjab government. The taxi services must take route permit and excise license”

Punjab government showed no leniency to the apps’ owners and sent the notifications to the traffic authority that these cars should not be allowed on the roads of Lahore. The notification further says that provincial governments are facing massive financial losses because of them and the cars are being used as a taxi without the compulsory car-fitness certificate and route permit. They have mentioned that security authorizations of drivers are not also taken from authorities that alarm the security threats to the public.

Accessed to Pakistan lately, the ride-hailing services of Careem and Uber, are widely being used by the people of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Faisalabad and Hyderabad. People seem to be unsatisfied by the decision as these car services were providing the quality ride of pick and drop services through a single app.

Careem, launched in Dubai in 2012 by Sheikha and fellow McKinsey & Co alumni Magnus Olsson, has a convoy of 90,000-plus drivers and more than four million consumers registered through its mobile app in different countries while Uber is a US-based company that started its services in Pakistan in 2016.

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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