Careem, Uber hope for legal support in Pakistan

Pakistan’s provincial Sindh High Court (SHC) will on February 9 hear a case involving digital ride-hailing services Careem and Uber, whose operations were suspended for “illegally” operating private vehicles for commercial purposes.

Careem and Uber were earlier served notices by provincial governments of Punjab and Sindh and asked to suspend their operations for failing to register private cars used for commercial purposes and for not obtaining fitness certificates and route permits.

Punjab Government’s Provincial Transport Authority said Uber, Careem and another ride-hailing service, A-One, were not complying with regulatory body in Lahore.

The companies are required to register private cars as well as obtain certificates of fitness and route permits, according to the Punjab Transport Authority.

Sindh Transport Minister Nasir said that Uber and Careem had not been banned in Sindh but only served with notices to acquire route permit and excise and taxation department, Geo News reported.

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