Shehbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab has expressed appreciation of the affordable transport facility being provided to people by the mobile-based applications but is not happy with the untaxed operations of these services.
Chief Minister has formed a four-member committee tasked with bringing Uber, Careem, A-One, etc under the tax net and also to propose a legal framework to govern the mobile app based cab companies in the next 15 days.
The committee comprises of transport secretary, Lahore Transport Company chief executive officer, chief traffic officer Lahore and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Chairman Umar Saif, who will also lead the panel.
Shehbaz Sharif aimed to clear the confusion among departments regarding the new taxation regime for the cab services. He was happy with the convenience that Uber and Careem provided to its customers but expressed distress over the delay in devising a taxation and legal framework.
The new proposed policy is said to bring a new taxation regime under the transport department which will likely be a blend of commercial and private vehicle taxation regimes.
Later that day, Sindh government also expressed concerns over Uber and Careem’s operations and stated they are also seeking legal actions against the cab companies.
Uber and Careem are operating without registering the private cars with any regulatory body and without obtaining fitness certificates/ route permits.
According to The Express Tribune, Acting Punjab Information Secretary Raja Jahangir has ordered the transport secretary to approach both Uber and Careem companies yet again in a few days.