Karachi-“You don’t have a car? No problem, Careem will drive you all the way”, this statement of Careem got a little disbelieving when Punjab Government’s Provincial Transport Authority on Monday stated that ride-hailing services Careem and as well as Uber were operating outside governing bounds in Lahore.
Social media was prevailing with different post and tweets in panic and the reaction were definitely not in the favour of government. A person tweeted along with a very sarcastic picture on twitter “Thank you PML N for another marvel (of stupidity). Keep eating khotay and keep voting for these morons #Careem”
Not only the local civilians but the famous people within Pakistan were immensely disappointed with the decision of government banning these private transports. Raza Haroon, Secretary General of Pak Sarzameen Party tweeted on Monday that “With a pathetic transport system it seems stupendous to stop decent private taxi service like #Uber and #Careem. #Lahore #Karachi.”
The reasons government gave to public were that firstly the cars were not eligible according to a certain car fitness criteria, secondly having security issues with the drivers and forgery cases and lastly the cars neither are nor registered under government supervision because these cars are privately own by the drivers, but does that make any difference if civilians are benefiting from this service. This car service is a support for many students, female workers, young corporate people and all others who are in need for a healthy transportation.
Well it’s another game plan from government or I should say a cover from their side for their so called “rickshaw mafia”, buses, or any other governmental transport because they were facing losses and to cover up income from transport sector this was a very dirt tactic to play. It’s amusing because living in a democratic country where civilian is the most important factor government is actually concern about their own earnings. its was an immense disappointment from Punjab government at least which is way ahead if it comes to advancement
Government should grow out of their nutshell and start thinking about their people because if they don’t then public know their way to cross their limits and at one point they surely will. So indeed removing the ban was a smart decision by regulatory.