The local Administration and Islamabad Transport Authority (ITA) on the complaint of Taxi Driver Welfare Association (TDWA) raided the offices of four taxi companies in Islamabad on Thursday and closed them for providing illegal services. Careem, an App-based taxi services that has recently stepped-in Pakistan, was among these four companies.
The officials informed the media that prior to raid, they have sent notices to the company’s owners; which were not replied by them hence, they were shut down them.
Careem Amongst other Shut Down for Illegal Operations in Islamabad
Two taxi companies were closed down during a raid on their offices on Thursday and the offices of two others were found closed after show cause notices were issued to them in response to complaints lodges against them by the local Taxi Driver Welfare Association (TDWA).
An assistant commissioner Saddar and Secretary Islamabad Transport Authority (ITA) Islamabad raided the offices of two cab companies in the G-8 and F-11 markaz and sealed them for running illegal businesses in the city. Whereas, the 2 other companies offices in I-8 and Bahria Town were found closed.
The official said that:
“These cab companies were operating in the city without proper approval or a permit.”
The culprits came into light when a TDWA office bearer complained against them to both the DC Islamabad and Secretary ITA a few days back. The complainant actually registered his complaint against these companies for using a large number of unregistered vehicles as taxis in the city and ultimately affecting the business of registered taxi drivers.
The complainant said that:
“There are 22,000 registered taxis in the capital, the owners and drivers of which pay taxes in five different categories to the government including for fitness, conversion tax, permit and tokens.”
Notices were issued to four companies Careem Networks (Pvt) Ltd, Derbi Cab, Crown Cab and Citi Cab.
The issue is that all four companies were illegally using 1,300 cars for pick & drop in the city and the Government finally cracked down on them for violating the law.
Source: Dawn News