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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Uber and Careem drivers call for a strike?

Uber and Careem drivers call for a strike over gov’t foot-dragging on exec regs? Drivers at ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem called on social media for a strike today to protest the delay in the issuance of the executive regulations that are set to govern the Ride-Hailing Apps Act, Al Mal reports. Drivers claim that they are still being forced to pay arbitrary fines for using their private fines to offer livery service. The regulations for the Ride-Hailing Apps Act — which were expected to be issued last month — are meant to outline licensing requirements and fees for ride-hailing companies. The act, which was ratified law in June, will require companies to pay up to EGP 30 mn for a five-year operating license, making a 25% down-payment and settling the rest in installments over the licensing period.

Speaking of Uber and Careem, the date for the ride-hailing companies’ appeal against their shutdown verdict has been set for 1 December, the newspaper also says.White cab drivers, who had filed and won a court case earlier this year ordering the shutdown of ride-hailing companies, are reportedly planning to appear in more frequent numbers on the streets today to take advantage of the strike.

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