Islamabad Transport Authority (ITA) has put forward various recommendations to regulate the mobile app based taxi services and bring them under the tax net.
The suggestions have come a few days after the taxi drivers staged a protest in Islamabad against the taxi hailing services like Uber and Careem.
ITA Secretary Jawad Muzaffar while talking to the APP revealed that the new set of proposals will force the drivers and car owners to display customised stickers on the front and back of their windscreen.
According to the suggestions, Motor Vehicle Examiner (MVE) should fitness certificate to private cars who are working for the taxi-hailing companies and a fare list should be shared with the ride-hailing companies like Uber and Careem, which they would have to follow strictly.
The whole brand of Uber and Careem is built on affordable luxury where customers can travel at very low prices.
Pakistan has been facing transportation issues for quite some years where the condition of buses and rickshaws have been making the lives of citizens miserable. Before Uber and Careem, a person had to spend countless hours negotiating the prices with the rickshaw drivers who always try to overcharge their customers.
Earlier this year, Punjab government banned Uber and Careem, declaring them illegal for not registering the private cars with any regulatory body and working without obtaining fitness certificates/route permits. Following
Following their lead, Sindh government also announced to take legal actions against the mobile app based taxi companies for not complying with the laws and regulations.