Uber, an online transportation network company, has entered into an understanding with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) for further enhancing the experience of its taxi service and creating more economic opportunities for people with the help of locally designed technology solutions of PITB.
Loic Amado, Sr. International Launcher for Uber met with Chairman PITB, Dr. Umar Saif for signing a formal MoU in this regard for which companies was in talks with Punjab government for past several weeks
What this partnership is all about?
As per details of the MoU, Uber will take the benefits of vehicles that Punjab government has distributed among the jobless people under the umbrella of Bank of Punjab Apna Rozgar Scheme.
All over the province, some 50,000 government subsidized taxis have been distributed among the people, primarily, for making them, self-sustained entrepreneurs. Only the Lahore city caters to 12,000 such taxis.
The arrangement will also provide Punjab government a valid data about the proper utilization of these subsidized taxis.
Secondly, the US-based transportation company is very much concerned about the safety of its customers in this regard; it will also take advantage of the well-designed databases that PITB has built for streamlining the valuable public data.
Dr. Umar Saif stated that “We will provide Uber a platform to verify the personal record of drivers before hiring, their licenses, and vehicle’s ownership in just a few days which usually takes months.”
Currently, Uber is getting a good response which is more than what the company forecasted before its launch in Lahore. There are several hundred Uber cars on the roads already, and the company is receiving thousands of partner applications that are running through its system.
“All of our partner drivers go through an essential screening process before they are activated on the Uber platform. through our partnership with the PITB, and by leveraging technology, we have been able to make this screening process more effective and more efficient”, stated Zohair Yousafi, Uber’s Head of Expansion in Pakistan
“Another important aspect of this understanding with Uber is to provide encouragement to our home-grown entrepreneurs whom we have nurtured through the platform such as Plan9 and PlanX. We have taken these nurseries to such a height where any global giant of likes Uber can join hands with them” added Dr. Saif
While talking to More News, Dr. Saif seemed hopeful about more acquisition in the coming days on the pattern of Savaree, which was recently acquired by another global player, Careem.
“This will increase competition in the market, and the next could be Travly or any other company, he hinted further.”
Loic Amado emphasized that “Uber is transformed urban mobility for thousands of Lahoris by introducing a safe, reliable and affordable way to move around the city. The flexibility, entrepreneurial opportunity and earning potential of Uber’s innovative technology has an equally transformational impact on the livelihoods of driver partners and their families.”
Launched on March 3rd, 2016 in Lahore, Uber has received an overwhelming response from the customers in Lahore, which compelled the company to express excitement on its website in the shape of some convincing stats.
Uber recently announced a $250 million investment in the MENA region and Pakistan with a significant portion of the investment will be going to expansion across Pakistan.
Uber is in the process of starting the service in Islamabad and Karachi.