How far do you agree with the Punjab Government’s decision to ban Uber and Careem
01/Feb How far do you agree with the Punjab Government’s decision to ban Uber and Careem?

Do you agree with this decision of Punjab government that Uber and Careem should be banned? I don’t think that most of you are going to answer it as yes because it was a great facility for the common people. And nobody wants a facility to get banned instead of making their lives easier. But it is about to happen because Punjab Government has passed this decision to ban Uber and Careem as the Provincial Transport Authority claimed that these services are functioning outside the governing confines in Lahore.

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A notification letter was issued which clearly stated that these two ride-hailing services are violating the government laws as they haven’t registered their private cars with some sort of regulatory body. This letter also claimed that Uber and Careem neither obtained any NOC certificate nor a fitness certificate, which ended in a great loss for the government.

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Taha Farooqi, Sindh Transport Secretary has also requested the Deputy Inspector General Traffic Asif Aijaz to put a ban on Careem and Uber in order to prevent their services in the province. Farooqi also claimed that the provincial government has requested the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block the apps of both these services.

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Farooqi also says that in a past few months, there have been several negotiations with Uber but among their 1500 cars only 8-10 of them agreed to work according to the rules set by the authority and got NOC’s, while the rest of them never got it. On the other hand, all the conversations with Careem ended up in a negation to follow the rules.

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In contrast to this, the Managing Director of Careem, Junaid Iqbal says that he is now ready to work according to the rules and regulations set by the authorities. It is also to be claimed that they are offering a safe and cheap means of transport and they will also create about 100,000 jobs as soon as the year 2018 comes to an end.

After all this, what is your opinion? Should these ride-hailing services get banned or not?

Ramsha Khalid
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