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Sunday, 25 March 2018

House Transport Committee pushes Ride-hailing Apps Act to top of its agenda, to expedite discussion

LEGISLATION WATCH- The House of Representatives’ Transportation Committee is moving the Ride-hailing Apps Act to the top of its agenda. The committee intends to begin reviewing the bill as soon as it receives it from the Ismail Cabinet and intends to wrap up debate “as fast as possible,” chair Hisham Abdel Wahed tells Al Mal. The Ismail Cabinet said on Wednesday that it was referring the bill — which will reportedly require ride-sharing companies to ensure that half their fleet is made up of white taxis and impose licensing fees and fixed working hours — to the House for passage.

State lawyers appealing Uber, Careem shutdown verdict: This comes as the State Lawsuits Authority moved yesterday to appeal an Administrative Court ruling ordering the shutdown of ride-hailing apps Uber and Careem, Al Mal reports. A number of Cairo’s cab drivers had banded together to file a lawsuit against the two companies, claiming they are using their private cars as taxis illegally. Both companies continue to operate normally and are appealing the court ruling. Meanwhile, Cairo’s cab drivers are looking to set up their own ride-hailing app and union, according to Al Shorouk.

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