There is a ban on pillion riding in Islamabad for ten days due to security measures, but one can book Careem bikes easily.
The Careem application let you choose the bike from the list of vehicles.
We checked with various captains who confirmed there was no direction from their management regarding a ban in the city.
“We are booking rides and facilitating customers, and there is no limitation for us with respect to any ban on the pillion riding,” told a captain.
Uber, on the other hand, has disabled the bike option from its app in the capital city and only cars can be booked for the ride.
“We are working in compliance with the government, and our bike service will remain unavailable till the 10th of Muharram Ul Harram”, commented the spokesperson for Uber, Islamabad.
We tried to reach Careem’s official for a similar query but could not obtain a response. However, later in the day, we received an official comment from Careem via email. The statement tells;
“Careem released official communication to its captains informing them of the pillion ban. Government’s official notice was also attached for captains and they were asked to comply with it. However, the car type is not disabled on the app because pillion riding is not banned in Rawalpindi and Careem also offers package delivery service through bikes. Careem operates in full compliance with the government and wishes to provide seamless services to its customers”.
Although, the statement refers to the Rawalpindi city where the ban is not imposed and further talks about the package delivery service as a basis for running its bikes but does not clarify the same for the Islamabad where careem bikes were found operative and carrying the customers.
In order to keep the law and order situation under control during the Muharram Ul Haram, the deputy commissioner of Islamabad had imposed a ten days ban on the pillion riding in the city from 1st to 10th Muharram Ul Harram.