The Punjab government declared the services provided by Uber and Careem as illegal and announced that strict action will be taken against these ride hailing services in Punjab.
Following Punjab, Sindh government has declared the use of private cars as taxis without the mandatory legal permits as “illegal” and has contacted PTA as it seeks to block Careem’s mobile app.
Secretary Transport Sindh said in a statement that he wrote five letters to Careem management as a warning but received no reply.
Following notification by Punjab Provincial Transport Authority dated 27 January unveiled on twitter today.
Notification stated that Uber, Careem and A-One taxi services are illegally using private vehicles for commercial purpose. This, in turn, causing the provincial government financial losses. They further added that private cars were being used to provide taxi services without the issuance of the mandatory car-fitness certificate and route permit.
The notification further added that security clearance of drivers was also not sought from the government hence stern action would be taken against such companies.
Albayrak’s a-cabs are already registered for commercial use since start of their operations in Lahore.
Official response on this from Uber, Careem is still awaited.