Uber was allowed by the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration to launch its mobile application-based ride hailing service. This comes despite the fact that an issue on a similar service is pending in the high court.
The Express Tribune noted that this move shows that the administration has moved away from the argument that those companies will not be allowed to operate who are not in full conformity to the motor vehicles laws governing commercial transport sector. Earlier this year a crackdown had been launched against such companies on the basis that these services were violating the Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965.
Regardless, Uber has officially launched its service in the twin cities after permission was granted following a meeting between a delegation from Uber and Transport Authority Secretary Syed Jawad Muzaffar and ICT Deputy Commissioner Mushtaq Ahmed.
Transport Authority has said that the service has been allowed to operate provisionally and eventually all such companies will have to meet the requirements list for commercial vehicles under the ordinance.