Taxi Drivers Protest Against Online Cab Companies in Islamabad

Taxi drivers in Islamabad demonstrated a protest against the impact of online cab services on their employment.

Conventional cab drivers taking part in the protest guaranteed that their wage is being influenced because of the developing number of private taxi service organizations and required the numbers of vehicles in the fleets of electronic administrations like Careem and Uber to be abridged.

The protestors drivers, containing 50 to 60 taxis sponsored by the Taxi Drivers Association, rioted at Faizabad Interchange at 10 am, Sunday morning.

The dissent quickly turned brutal at Rawal Chowk, when cab drivers crushed the windows of vehicles having a place with two private taxi organizations. However, police force at the scene thwarted the demonstrators and rescued the driver.

Similar protests have been held in different parts of the nation by customary taxi and rickshaw drivers who affirm that private taxi cab organizations have influenced their employment.

Prior this year, Punjab’s Transport Authority proclaimed that private taxi organizations, for example, Careem and Uber, were working without enrolling the private autos with any administrative body and along these lines, must be prohibited.

Both Careem and Uber have launched several services and made promises to provide reasonable prices. At the time of their launch, they enticed customers with generous flat discounts. Now promo codes are offered occasionally. Both companies maintain that their per-kilometer charges are affordable.

People who prefer Careem and Uber say that taxi drivers don’t use the meter and overcharge them for the fare. Moreover, they sometimes pick more than one customer at the same time to get more money.

Rickshaw drivers, on the other hand, argue that the smartphone app-based services are stealing their businesses and enticing people on false claims.

Careem is operating in six cities of Pakistan and Uber has been launched in three cities of Pakistan including Islamabad. Everyone knows that local taxi or cab drivers are charging too much that is the reason people are attracted towards Careem and Uber.



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  1. Most of the cars standing in the crowd are illegal because taxi permit can't be issued to a 30 to 35 year old Suzuki fx.
    If they want to charge 800 rupees where uber are creem are charging 200. They want all this in junk unsafe vehicles that are dangerous stinking slow and uncomfortable.
    As a nation we don't accept change. Car manufacturers don't want to leave mehran taxi driver don't want to change or even clean their FX.

  2. Taxi drivers looted alot. Now it's time to face the competition. Private taxis are far better than those old crap cars with drunk drivers.

  3. Now they want to do BADMASHI by attacking and harassing uber and cream drivers. People of Pakistan must stand against weired auto and transport situation in Pakistan.
    We should encourage mass transit projects and new cab services. Higher and cheap mobility makes middle class vibrant and more productive.
    I personally don't want to interact with taxi drivers who get sometimes get aggressive and annoying and disrespectful.

  4. careem and uber are alot cheaper, cars are better, have AC running all the time and are educated drivers who wear seat belts. Careem and uber driver earn their money by driving all the day trying to grab more passengers and to complete more trips. meaning they work their asses off to earn the money. on the other hand , these effed up taxis ask money as if they are driving a limo, haveno safety, no AC, bald tires, dirty cabin etc. on top, these taxi drivers will keep their cars parked under shade and try to make money of full day from 2-3 customers and rest of the day they just want to have a little gupshup with the fellow taxi drivers. I have used careem about 10 times and only once i had a little problem with the driver and Careem gave me back all the money and launched investigations against the captain ( I have the proofs). So i stand with careem and uber. These taxi walas have looted the awam and its time to put an end to this BS.

  5. To me it is just like a group of theif protesting against the lock makers that why they made locks which limits there scope of theft because people are now keeping their valuables under locks. Lol

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