Scores of Islamabad's cabbies protest against online taxi services

Published: August 20, 2017

Taxi drivers staged on Sunday a protest rally in Islamabad against online cab services, demanding authorities to put a ban on ride-hailing services including Uber and Careem, Express News reported.

Protesting drivers belonging to the federal capital taxi union blocked Rawal Dam Chowk which left vehicular traffic moving between Islamabad and Murree stranded.

A mob also broke the windscreen of a ride-sharing taxi and attempted to thrash the driver. However, police force at the scene thwarted the demonstrators and rescued the driver.

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  • Afzaal
    Aug 20, 2017 - 6:49PM

    These online taxi companies are providing ease to travellers with low cost. It’s a upgraded system which should be appreciated Recommend

  • Sam
    Aug 20, 2017 - 7:42PM

    Put Dadagiri gangs in Jail.
    Everywhere in the World this facility is running.
    If from Top London black cabbers to Dehli riksaws accepted online revolution then why we accept dada giri these taxi drivers.Recommend

  • DarkJustice
    Aug 20, 2017 - 8:11PM

    If it is in law that private car cannot be used as a cab,
    If it is in law that all cab services have to get route permits,
    if it is in law that all cab services or commercial cars have to pay additional tax..
    if it is in law that all cab services should clearly mention that they are taxi service.
    Then rules should be for all or should not be for non…!!Recommend

  • ABC
    Aug 20, 2017 - 8:37PM

    Put all of these thugs in jail. People dont want to use your third class and unsafe service anymore. Online cabs are the futureRecommend

  • Amir
    Aug 20, 2017 - 8:42PM

    Mafia will always protest when the extortion is exposed and people shift to better safer and cheaper service, with enhanced quality and efficiency.Recommend

  • abdul Rehman
    Aug 20, 2017 - 8:54PM

    i lived as a student in Islamabad for 4 years i can only imagine how good it is now before we ever have to fight for cheaper fair stinky cars and so. but now i dont live in Islamabad any more and i just can imagine how awesome and easy it is nowRecommend

    Aug 20, 2017 - 9:05PM

    I enjoyed the service by Careem in my last visit in Islamabad. These taxi drivers need to upgrade their services. Most of the taxis are junk and dirty and rude drivers………Careem is an idea that its time has come………..Please safe from us the old taxi drivers………. Recommend

  • Faiz
    Aug 20, 2017 - 10:16PM

    Introduce meter system in taxi and rickshaw. These taxi drivers are looters of awaam. Took advantage of rain, night and ask for more money. Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Aug 21, 2017 - 12:37PM

    No doubt onlime taxi services are best and convient for any age person.

    I think taxi drivers also trust Allah ,WHO will award them good rizk.what needes to optmize fares with better services.

    In routime noramal taxi charging 30-40 percent more then online taxi services.Recommend

  • hamza
    Aug 21, 2017 - 4:48PM

    these taxi drivers should update and upgrade their cabs and services with modern times.Recommend

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