App-based ride services brace for more challenges

The novice app-based ride sharing services, despite winning public appreciation in Pakistan, have to brace more challenges on legal and administrative fronts as the companies are losing grounds in the international markets for their operational legality. These services are not only facing legal battles from their opponent traditional taxi drivers but also have to face internal administrative rifts for not having an organized pay structure for their employees, creating an environment of uncertainty.
The Islamabad Transport Authority (ITA) was working on legal and technical loopholes to bring these online services into the mainstream but “the task was resolving a cluster of complexities”, said Imtiaz Janjua, the ITA Secretary. Filling up of legal lacunas on online app-based services was a Herculean task, he added.
A couple of consultative sittings with online and traditional taxi serivce representives could not bear results as taxi drivers stick to their demands and Careem service has challenged the ITA’s checklist pertaining to four taxes in Islamabad High Court, Imtiaz said.
The court has given a stay order on our recommendations and the case is sub-judice and he cannot comment on it further, he added.
The ridesharing Careem’s internal rift on employees’ pay structure which forced them to launch demonstration, against their own administration infront of Islamabad Press Club, was another setback for them.—APP

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