Punjab and Sindh governments have moved to ban car services Careem and Uber. The Punjab Government’s Provincial Transport Authority declared Careem, Uber and other car ride services as illegal. Apparently the applications will be blocked soon. The notification states that the two companies have been offering transport services “without registering private cars with any regulatory body governing them.”
The reason for calling them illegal is that since private cars are being used for transportation, and they must not be used for commercial purposes, such services are not only violating local laws but also pose as a security threat for the public.
Apparently the failure of Uber and Careem to meet the required level of fitness of their vehicles in the cities and following route permits has lead to a great loss for the government.
The Sindh government has also sought legal action against the car ride services. The government has declared the use of private cars as taxis without mandatory legal permits as ‘illegal’ and has contacted PTA to block Careem and Uber’s mobile apps.
It is said that the management of the two companies have to get themselves registered with the Regional Transport Authority and also need to get fitness certificate from them. Once these requirements are fulfilled they can operate freely.
People are reacting to this ban on twitter: