The Sindh government has chalked out a bill to bring ride-hailing services under the scope of the law.
A summary has been sent to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah in this regard. It states that the ride-hailing service, Careem, has approached the department to issue route permits and fitness certificates to 500 vehicles.
According to the summary, the Transport and Mass Transit Department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uber concerning its lead generation services.
Moreover, the summary notes that the two companies are working in Sindh as ‘online passenger service’. However, the Motor Vehicles Rules, 1969 does not provide for any such service.
To fill this gap, the department has drafted a bill and sent to the Sindh CM as well as the law department for approval. After the approval, it will be sent to the cabinet and the provincial assembly for legislation.
The transport and mass transit department has issued a notification in this regard. It states that a draft law has been formed which will render the online cab service as commercial. These services will be liable to pay the relevant taxes under this law.
Moreover, under the new law, the ride-hailing services will have to register vehicles and follow the laws set out by the transport department.
These private online taxi services will have to obtain route permits for their vehicles. Moreover, these companies will be required to obtain insurance for their passengers and belongings.