Egypt court orders Uber and Careem to halt services

Nellie Chapman
March 21, 2018

An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered authorities to revoke the operating licenses of the Uber and Careem ride-hailing services and block their mobile apps and software.

It also mentioned that the two services are not legally regulated and affected the livelihood of the taxi drivers.

Tuesday's decision was effective immediately, meaning the companies must suspend services pending a final ruling, but the companies have 60 days to appeal, the judicial sources said.

The lawyer representing taxi drivers, Khaled al-Gamal, told AFP that the ruling would have to be implemented by the government even if Careem and Uber appeal.

Hours earlier, the Dubai-based Careem said in a brief statement on Facebook that it has not officially been notified about the ban, and that its operations in the country are continuing as normal. There was no immediate comment from Uber.

The government and the companies are expected to appeal the administrative court verdict, which would prevent it from being implemented until a higher court weighs in.

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"We will do all we can to ensure millions of Egyptians can continue to enjoy the benefits of on-demand transportation", the Uber official said.

Uber, first launched in San Francisco seven years ago, began operating in Egypt in November 2014.

The American Uber is present in many countries.

The San Francisco-based company said previous year it was committed to Egypt despite challenges presented by sweeping economic reforms and record inflation.

Uber has faced regulatory and legal setbacks around the world amid opposition from traditional taxi services.

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