Careem and Uber have been asked to obtain their Karachi route permits from the Sindh government in the next seven days. Sindh Transport Minister Awais Qadir Shah has asked the ride-hailing companies to get their route permits or risk the termination of their services.
A recent provincial meeting was held in which Karachi’s traffic and transport issues were discussed. Awais Qadir Shah asked about the recent incident in which a girl jumped out of a ride-hailing company’s car. The girl claimed that the driver tried to harass her thus she jumped out of it.
Provincial transport minister asked, “How did that happen?.”
Then the Minister said that Careem and Uber need to “get their route permits from the provincial government within seven days”, adding that if they don’t it “will result in the apps shutting down”.
In 2017 it was decided that the ride-hailing companies operating in Pakistan need to get permits under the Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1965.
An official said, “Only a memorandum of understanding was signed after that, nothing happened.”
Earlier the provincial government also claimed that Careem and Uber were functioning outside the scope of the law and they should be banned. They were basically accused of offering services “without registering the private cars with any regulatory body.”