Ride-hailing service Uber has been given permission to launch its operation in the Ferderal Capital and adjoining Rawalpindi. After the permission granted by the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) on Thursday, the total number of cities where the service is offered has risen to four.
Reacting to the development Uber Pakistan General Manager Safee Shah, said:
“As the infrastructure of Islamabad has rapidly urbanised, the demand for safe, reliable and affordable transport has grown.”
The announcement of the service’s launch in the twin cities has come at the heels of the meeting between the Islamabad district government and the management of Uber Pakistan. The statement following the meeting discussed safe, affordable and reliable transport for the residents.
Safee Shah celebrated the occasion with the statement:
“We look forward to continue to work with government officials and other local entities on providing transport that would lead to less congestion and better cities.”
For his part Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Capt. (retd) Mushtaq Ahmad said:
“We are very excited to have Uber in Islamabad, and for residents of the city to have access to the technology. We were delighted to meet with Uber’s management and to discuss the impact the technology has on both riders and drivers, from convenient transport to economic opportunities.”
This is not all. Unlike the ongoing practice, Secretary Islamabad Transport Authority Mr. Syed Jawad Muzaffar also extended a warm welcome to Uber. He expressed his keenness to work together with Uber’s team on the modalities of their service.
It is important to mention that Careem, which is also a mobile-application-based transport service, is still defending their case in the High Court because of the legal glitches. Careem has been among the few ride-hailing services affected by the operation suspension directive issued in January this year by the administration on charges of violation of Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965.