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Uber, Careem Given A Week To Get Route Permits

KARACHI: Minister for Transport and Mass Transit Syed Awais Qadir Shah has given one week’s deadline to the two main app-based ride-hailing services operating in Karachi to get proper route permits from the provincial authorities.

Shah issued the deadline on Monday as he chaired his first meeting with officials of the Sindh Transport Department after assuming the ministerial position last week. The transport minister said that merely a memorandum of understanding (MoU) had been signed some three years back between the Sindh government and these ride-hailing services and since then there had been no further progress to legalise or formalise their operations in Karachi.

In a statement, a spokesperson for ride-hailing service Uber said: “The Sindh government has been supportive of disruptive technologies in recent years and we appreciate the role they have played in providing masses a more convenient and affordable mode of transport along with creating numerous economic opportunities. “We are looking forward to working with the Sindh government to address their concerns.”

He directed the officials concerned of the transport department to immediately write to the management of Uber and Careem giving them the ultimatum of one week to get properly registered with the department in order to avoid complete shutdown of their services

Similarly, the motorcycle-based ride-hailing services lately launched in the city could meet the same fate as their operators didn’t take any proper permission from the government.

Shah said that the permission of the provincial government was necessary as in any case the government was held responsible in case any untoward incident or accident takes place involving these ride-hailing services operating both four-wheelers and two-wheeler vehicles.

  • Careem
  • Uber
  • Karachi
  • Sindh Government