Careem, Uber Going to be Closed in Sindh? Minister Reveals Strategy

Sindh Transport Department has decided to regulate the app-based ride-hailing services including Careem and Uber.

Sindh Transport Minister Owais Shah clarified the perception about closing down the ride-hailing services in the province is unfounded and baseless.  All app-based ride-hailing services will be regulated by bringing them under a legal framework.

All the services are required to get them registered with the Transport Department within seven days so that these can be regulated, the minister said.

The Minister said the reports about the closure of the online taxi services are based on hearsay, adding the government has decided to bring them under a legal framework.


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He made it clear that no online taxi service operating in the province illegally will be allowed.  He said the government is striving to provide a safe and comfortable mode of travel to the people of the province.

Earlier in the day, media reported that the Sindh government is considering banning Uber and Careem in the province after the companies failed to comply with a Memorandum of Understanding signed three years ago.

In a meeting with transport officials, Provincial Minister for Transport and Mass Transit Awais Shah has warned that Uber and Careem must take route permits from the Sindh government within seven days to avoid being banned in the province.

It is to be mentioned here that last year the Punjab government also tried to ban Careem, Uber and other ride-hailing services operating in the province.


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The pretext given by the provincial government for the attempted ban was that the services were operating in the province without registering them with any regulatory body. However, later on, the issue was resolved.

An Uber spokesperson said:

Sindh Government has been supportive of disruptive technologies in recent years and we appreciate the role they have played in providing masses a more convenient and affordable mode of transport along with creating numerous economic opportunities. We are looking forward to working with the Sindh Government to address their concerns.

According to a spokesperson from Careem:

“Careem’s services are running as normal across Pakistan, providing our customers with safe, affordable and comfortable rides. Careem is committed to helping create 1 million jobs in Pakistan by 31 Dec 2020. As a local company, we remain engaged with the respective governments of all provinces for the finalization of frameworks which will not only govern ride-hailing specifically but online marketplaces in general.

Our Captains and Customers are the most important members of the Careem family and we thank them for their continuous love and support.”


  • Muhammad Yasir

    loser nation, loser mentality !

    • abobobilly

      Speak foryour self.
      Read the article first.
      “All the services are required to get them registered with the Transport Department within seven days so that these can be regulated, the minister said.”

      • Kashif Nawaz

        Just read his comments on different form, he almost on every form criticized Pakistan. Looks like an Indian Muslim to me.

  • C

    How are the public buses in Sindh safe and comfortable? Yet they want to ban “illegal” transport services? What a bunch of hypocrites. They want bribes from Careem and Uber, plain and simple.

    • shaitan

      The public buses help reduce population growth with their reckless driving. Careem and uber are far too safe and comfortable.

    • abobobilly

      They want to “Regulate”, and ban “Illegal transport. It’s how it SHOULD be.

      • C

        If you think Sindh government is doing this to regulate Uber and Careem then I can sell you the Buckingham Palace for a truly low price of $10,000. Would you like to own the most expensive home in the world?

        Ride hailing services should be regulated, but not by provincial government where each provincial government can extort them in the name of regulation. Federal government needs to step up and regulate these services once and for all.

        • abobobilly

          I agree about your point that such things should be governed by Fedral Govt. on a national level. But then the education system needs to do the same.
          Sadly, the current system in Pakistan needs to change drastically to implement such things.
          For these ride hailing services, it’s going to happen all over Pakistan sooner or later. Because someone has to be held accountable for any mishap done by these companies, or their representatives/workers. And let’s admit it, we have seen some really heinous incidents in past couple of months concerning these ride hailing services.

  • Umar Awan

    Hahah . Sindh walo karo mazayyyy . Jiye Bilawal jiye Bhutto . Roti kapra aur makan.

    • abobobilly

      Bhai article read kar lo pehle.

  • Umar Awan

    Out of all the past and present governments, mine most favourite is ppp’s sindh govt . No direction no policy . Mast mahol , lutto phutto . Elections pe jiye bhutto bibi ka beta bilawal . I like it hahaha

  • Taha

    ROTI 15 RS KI, CNG PETROL MEHNGA.. AUR UB CAREEM UBER PE DRAMA. DONT NEED SUCH TABDEELI.. MUJHAY TO SHAIR YAAD A RAHA HAY…

    • Saqi

      Discovery dekh lo. Hahhahah

    • Saqi

      Discovery dekh lo. Hahhahah

  • shaitan

    Oh yes ban more new technologies! That’ll really show the world this is a good investment destination. Really give a boost to the IT sector!

    • abobobilly

      “All the services are required to get them registered with the Transport Department within seven days so that these can be regulated, the minister said.”

  • Imran Jalbani

    Imran khan ka yehi kehna hai mushkil wqt hai, jab 80% public mar chuki hogi tab laogey tabdeeli? Foolish statement! looser Governance!

    • Xahid

      Its Sindh Govt. decision, at least the read the article.

      • Imran Jalbani

        Sindh Govt’s decision is exclusive of Federal??
        Read law and it supplement brother!

    • abobobilly

      Brain ka ilaaj karwao.
      This is Sindh Govt.

      • Imran Jalbani

        Brain ka ilaaj nahi hota. issey smjhaya jaata hai jaani!
        Waise tmne elaaj ke baad yeh comment kia ?
        ROFL

        • abobobilly

          Gi Gi. Ap jeson ko change required hay in DAYS. Pehle bhang pee k so rahay thay. Mera brain ALLAH ka shukar hay ap jesa nahi hay. Thanks

          • Imran Jalbani

            Chalen hojaatey hain aapki khaatir change :)
            Pehle bhang pee k so rahay thay… LoL kaafi bachpana h tum mai
            Allah ne subko aik jaisa Brain dia hai… Usage differs and depends!
            Aapse baat krke acha lga

            • Saqi

              O bhai. 70 sal ka gandh 2 months mai clean.. Are you drunk?

              • Imran Jalbani

                70 saal ka gandh jamah bi tum logo ke voting aspect se hua ha….
                IK is only a western mindset… As u can see he s only shedding time by implementing heavy tax on public. Now u can drink with me :P

                • Saqi

                  Patwari bhai, what a logic, hassi aa gyi kasam se… Please continue your drinking… I’m non alcoholic

                  • Imran Jalbani

                    Either myself

            • Saqi

              O bhai. 70 sal ka gandh 2 months mai clean.. Are you drunk?

      • Imran Jalbani

        Acha!
        Tm Sindh Govt ki nahi sunte?

    • Muhammed Ovais Alam

      Bhai woh reply nahi kro jo choroun k paas se WhatsApp pe aata hai patwariyoun ko balkay ankhain khol kr parh lo ik baar.
      Ye PTI k aanay se pehle bhi dramaybaazi ki thi PeePeePee ne.

      • Imran Jalbani

        NunNunNun either! :D

  • Qazzafi

    Poor guys they have clarified –

    “All app-based ride-hailing services will be regulated by bringing them under a legal framework”

    Does this mean closing?

    • abobobilly

      Our awaam is just bad. These days social media has boosted brainless share-button clicks without reading or checking authenticity of any news. Like handing weapons in hands of children. Our TV media is no different. Hota kuch ha. Headline kuch hoti hay.

  • Eli Ehsan

    GOOD LUCK getting this done PAL… jo Umreeka nahi kara saka wo WTZardari karake dikhaye ga….. :P

    • abobobilly

      Uber/Careem is already regulated in multiple countries. You should search Google about it if you’re not sure. Even in Europe, they are now under more regulations. In middle east, they can’t even function without taking proper license first.

  • abobobilly

    Our Media has Public BOTH have lost their minds. So much that they would spread BS/Madeup news like fire, without checking the detail, or authenticity. This is preposterous for our nation and EXACTLY WHY i would want (all kinds) of Media to be regulated, with this so called “free speech” be put on a leash.

    Sindh Govt have talked about making such services “Legal” i.e. to get them Registered under Govt., which makes sense because this way they can take better action against those who abuse such services. In other countries, these Uber/Careem etc have to take proper license to operate, so i wonder why it’s not possible in Pakistan.

  • Kashif Nawaz

    I’m with Sindh government on this. Just check the GCC countries, for example in Saudi Arabia an expatriate can not just registered his own car and drive for Uber or Careem unless he has Public Transportation Driving licence and work under a registered transport company. Only Saudi citizen can just go and registered their car in Careem and Uber. Same in UAE. So if Sindh government want them under legal framework them what’s wrong in it?

  • Zaki Uddin

    Sinch government as always just wants Chae Paani

  • Carl

    kiya local taxi, riksha registered hotey hein … aur kiya wo legal framwork mein atey hein…. kiya wo safe and comfortable hyn….

    to phir kiooon……….

  • Kazim

    Got news on TV that its about to close is shocking for me too. Thanks for clarification.