Egypt’s Ride-Hailing Applications, Uber and Careem, To Be Subjected to New Regulating Laws!
By Nada Hamouda
On Sunday Egypt’s President, Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, has approved a law regulating the ride-hailing applications; Uber and Careem giving them the time frame of 6 months to adjust their legal status.
According to the law, a fine from EGP 200,000 to a maximum of EGP 5 million is to be imposed on anyone who operates a ride-hailing service without a license. In addition, there is a driving license for the drivers that won’t exceed EGP 1,000.
Moreover, the companies would be obliged to hand in any information about their employed drivers, if the Police ever asked for.
The San Francisco-based Uber and the UAE-based Careem companies began operating in Egypt in 2014. However, the services have faced a lawsuit in February 2017 by taxi drivers. As they accused the services of violating traffic law by using private vehicles for commercial purposes.