Jordan cracks down on Uber taxis, impounds vehicles

Published October 6th, 2016 - 01:49 GMT
The Uber app being used on a cell phone (File photo)
The Uber app being used on a cell phone (File photo)

Jordan’s government is not a fan of Uber.


For the last few months, the Kingdom’s authorities have been cracking down on the ridesharing service, along with other similar programmes like Careem. And yesterday, Jordan’ Central Traffic Administration impounded 100 cars working with Uber and Careem. Roya News reported this latest development.

According to Roya News, authorities said the cars had been violating the law in Jordan – an argument they’ve been making against the service for some time.

In July, the government began impounding cars, and drivers who were caught twice reportedly risked a 3,000 fine. They were caught during sweeps of popular landmarks, reported Venture magazine.

 The campaign has been heavily criticized by Ammanis, many of whom say they depend on the ridesharing service in a city where getting around can be difficult. There are just under 11,000 taxis operating in Amman, also according to Venture, and residents often complain of being forced to wait or pay above the odds for the rides.

 However, some defend critics of Uber, arguing that taxi drivers struggle to make a living and that unregulated ride sharing services threaten their income.


So far, however, the campaign against Uber has been unsuccessful in Jordan. The service is still readily available in Amman – at least for now.



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