One of the nation’s most popular ride-hailing services, Careem is now becoming acceptable in the eyes of Pakistani law. The Sindh government will now require Careem to obtain permits under the Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1965.
Uber is probably the first ride-hailing service provider in Pakistan, with Careem as its first rival in the country. Both gained popularity soon after their operations. However, some anti ride-hailing bodies started calling them illegal taxi service providers.
The matter has been circling in the media and courts as if these popular ride-hailing services are acting as illegal taxi services or just an app. And as of today, this matter seems to move further to its solutions.
The Sindh government has now asked Careem to obtain permits under the Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1965. With this permit, Careem will remain a digital marketplace.
Talking to the media, Junaid Iqbal, MD Careem, Pakistan, said:
Careem will remain a digital marketplace. This distinction and this new concept is now accepted by the [provincial] governments and they are working with us to build new frameworks which will govern digital marketplaces.
Shortly after anti ride-hailing groups, the government of Sindh and Punjab forced Careem and Uber to shut down their operations. But the matter was soon resolved.
Later after some negotiations, Junaid concluded that the government of Pakistan has been very cooperative in understanding their futuristic stance. He’s also in the favor to revamp country’s law making the technology industry more sophisticated and growing.
Under this new reform, Junaid sees an additional requirement from their captains. The new schedule would be made public after the court’s final conclusion. The next hearing is set on April 27.