Punjab government yesterday night declared the ride hailing apps Careem and Uber along with the A-One taxi service as illegal, deeming their operations as unlawful. Following the footsteps, Sindh Government has also decided to take an action against the mobile-application taxi service providers.
Sindh Government has pronounced that the use of personal cars as pickups and taxis would be declared illegal if proper permits haven’t been issued to them. Moreover, the authorities have contacted PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) to block Careem’s mobile app, barring the services in return.
Furthermore, Secretary Transport also said that he wrote a total of five letters to the administration at Careem but received no response. The action against Uber has also been started by the provincial government in order to bring the app within ‘official compliance’.
They have also declared that private and personal cars will have to be made commercial to continue using them as taxis. Owners will have to obtain a fitness certificate for the cars alongside issuance of routes that would be needed before starting the taxi service.
A notification issued by the Punjab Transport Authority last night read that Careem, Uber and A-One used illegal private cars, due to which the government is facing a huge financial loss. Moreover, the security clearance of the drivers isn’t issued by the concerned government departments and authorities too.