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Before banning Careem and Uber, Offer a decent transportation first!

The recent clampdown by the government on cab services, Careem and Uber, burst out the common people’s frustration on the move. The ride-sharing companies benefit thousands of people each day by providing the safe and economical ride that other public transports had not done so far. Apparently, the Punjab Government has taken down the immediate ban with a turnaround and announced that the letter was an internal memo and has prematurely been made public.

The influx of Uber and Careem in Pakistan is a ray of hope in comparison to the costly white cabs; Metro cabs and other public transport have been running for years now. But they charge fare according to their demands. On the other hand, using Uber and Careem meant no more waiting in the roasting heat of the sun to reach hospital or office. It meant not bickering with the rickshaw and taxi drivers that never cease to overcharge opportunely ignoring the rates fixed per km. It also meant being sure that you are going to get a service at any hour of the day or night. How could a single notification and lame excuses take all that away from us?

These services are very pocket-friendly, safe and showed reliability in terms of time. Riders make a request through the app for immediate or later pick-up and driver pick them up under a specified time. People have to wait 10-15 min for any local transport, and at times transport is insufficient as well as overloaded due to the closure of CNG pumps. On such circumstances, the local transport asks for fare that is not justified in comparison to distance traveled. Is this all right in any way or not?

The opportunity is not only for the people paying for it but also for the ones earning from it. The rise-sharing meant finally a break for people to earn Halal money by working hard. The money is used to back their families, finance their education, and pay for their medical expenses. But these have been declared illegal!

Giving excuses of rules and fitness issues seem vague in this scenario.  Careem & Uber are following the same rules in all of their in service countries all around the world without saying a word which is stricter than Pakistan. Such wrecked buses and pathetic transportation are tolerable in this country for the decayed bureaucracy & political decision makers but not Uber and Careem. This is such a poor decision by the authorities.

The government is planning to fetch them in tax net which could be worse for the drivers’ income and for payers too. According to Umar Saif, the cabs need to be regulated and taxed for the formal policy. If the government imposes a tax or surcharge on the revenue of each ride it will become come clear that they are concern about their pocket more than the welfare of the working and underprivileged. As is the drivers are burdened to make daily quotas. A thing is possible if the companies pay the tax by the revenue they generate through the income not from the income of the drivers.

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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Before banning Careem and Uber, Offer a decent transportation first!

The recent clampdown by the government on cab services, Careem and Uber, burst out the common people’s frustration on the move. The ride-sharing companies benefit thousands of people each day by...