Ghulam Abbas—the Sindh Transport Secretary on Sunday said that the app-based private transport firms—Airlift and Swvl—have not been banned and instead have been asked to bring their operations under the folds of the law.
While conversing with the local media, he said that the private services were running without the route permits or no-objection certificates. The transport department was not aware of their pick and drop locations, he added that the two mentioned services had not gotten their fitness certificates for their transport automobiles.
He also said that they have issued a notice to them, asking them for briefing the authorities regarding their operation mechanism and get their systems registered.
The secretary also said that no one would be permitted to play with the lives of the citizens.
Owais Qadir Shah—the Sindh Transport Minister said in the meantime, the government wants to offer high-quality transport services to the citizens. He also said that the online bus services had been allowed to operate on a trial basis and a reminder to them for getting their certification done on the completion of their trial period.
He added that they want Airlift and Swvl to offer superior quality transport services in Karachi.
While conversing about the measures taken by the government in this regard, he informed that the government is encouraging the private investment in the transport division and the government of Sindh is also striving for bringing in the buses. But the government is unable to implement its bus project on an immediate basis because it needs a heavy budget.
He also added that they had held talks with both the online van services and has asked them to get the route permits and fitness certificates as per the motor vehicle laws within the agreed time. Since that time has elapsed, they have just sent them a soft reminder which unluckily is getting wrongly interpreted.
The minister also said that the provincial government was contemplating to launch legislation for online van and taxi services. He showed hopes that the offered legislation would be taken up in the coming meeting of the provincial cabinet.