Uber begins its operations in Pakistan


WEB DESK: Uber, the ride sharing app has now entered Pakistan, and will officially launch its services today (Thursday) onwards.

According to TechInAsia, Uber will initially start its services from Lahore and would then penetrate into Karachi and Islamabad, the US based taxi giant said in a statement.

“We’re extremely excited to be here, there’s huge potential in this market and people have welcomed us with open arms,” explains Loic Amado, international launcher at Uber.

“20 percent of all ecommerce transactions happen in Lahore, which is why we’re here first. We’re looking forward to filling a gap in the existing transportation network. I often compare it to cities like Cairo where we’re generating 2,000 job opportunities a month. We can achieve that very soon in Lahore and the rest of Pakistan as well,” said Loic.

Uber will be working with both private car owners as well as existing rent-a-car providers which will utilize their idle inventory.

Uber which has come under constant criticism due to cases of sexual harassments registered against its drivers said, “All drivers shall be subjected to thorough background and verification checks, including car registration, police verification, and driving licenses. They’ll also have to attend a mandatory sexual harassment seminar.”

Regarding the payment model, Uber will accept both cards and cash, due to short supply of card owners in the country.

The company, founded by Garrett Campand Travis Kalanick in 2009, and is currently estimated at over $50 billion has expanded its operations in 300 cities in over 60 countries.

Source:Business Recorder