Egypt Parliament Postpones Uber, Careem Legalization Meeting

Published March 26th, 2018 - 12:58 GMT
Egyptian Transport Committee postpones meeting scheduled to discuss legalization regarding ride-hailing services Uber and Careem due to elections. (AFP/ File Photo)
Egyptian Transport Committee postpones meeting scheduled to discuss legalization regarding ride-hailing services Uber and Careem due to elections. (AFP/ File Photo)

Undersecretary of the Egyptian Parliament’s Transport Committee Mohammed Abdallah Zein stated Sunday the committee decided to postpone a meeting that was scheduled to discuss legalization regarding taxi services provided by Uber and Careem because its members are participating in the country’s presidential elections.

Zein said the meeting aims to set regulations on the operations of the two companies to protect the country’s national security, adding the legalization will secure customers’ personal information which could be used for dubious purposes that harm the nation’s security.

“We all stand with the youth to improve their income. However, the government must benefit from revenues of the two companies’ projects. The government must obtain copies of their data which must not be sent abroad through any company to avoid any danger,” Zein clarified.

He added the companies have harmed regular taxi drivers who pay taxes and license fees to the state.

Zein asserted the committee members agree on the government’s supervision of the ride-hailing services while the two companies’ administrations will take over the project management.

Last week, Egypt’s Administrative Court issued a verdict ordering the government to shut down ride services Uber and Careem and close their mobile applications for violating Egyptian law by using normal cars for commercial use without a license.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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