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Punjab Government declared illegal to Uber and Careem services

Faryal Nadeem Jan 31, 2017
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You recently tried to book the Uber and Careem, and unable to find a ride?
After the operation of the application, the service has become one of the preferred modes of transportation for urban citizens. It proves to be a great source of traveling especially for women. More and more people get to know about the ride-hailing service, the positive response and comments make it a hit. However, the global giant riding service maybe didn’t handle the new market.

Uber operates in Lahore from last four months, and Lahore proves to be a perfect place to test the service. Despite the customer presence differences both of the companies gained a great response. According to MR. Zohair “, the Pakistani Population, is adapting technology and modernizing at a great rate. The incredible uptake has been experienced after the launch of the mobile internet services which is 3G and 4G.”

Yes, you read it right that Punjab Government has declared illegal to all the ride-hailing such as Uber, Careem, and other services currently running in Pakistan. The notification has been sent to the Chief of Traffic officer that these services must be banned immediately on Lahore roads.

It is still unclear that why the ban is valid for just Lahore because no other cities have taken such notice.

Details of Ban regarding ride-Hailing services
The notification copy of the Ban says that Uber, Careem and the A-One Taxi is offering transport services without a legal certificate and permits of routes. The services are causing significant loss to the Government of Punjab.

The notification says that private cars can only be used for personal transportation services. Using the private vehicles for commercial purposes will violate the local laws and proves to be a security threat to the public.

The traffic officers are directed to take immediate action after the notice is approved. The action must be taken against the illegal services because these services are not allowed to operate in the city.

Punjab Government has tried to contact Careem and Uber but still awaiting for the response.