New law unfair, says Uber and Careem drivers
The Uber and Careem drivers are against the new regulating law in Egypt, citing that the law is unfair and it is intended towards restricting their services.
Most of the drivers are government employees and they have complained that they have to put company logo's in their private cars and have to take the operating cards. In case of driving without the operating cards attract a fine of LE 5,000. The drivers have said that this measure as arbitrary.
As per the law of government, the government employees are not allowed to be employed anywhere else.
The drivers said, when this law would be issued, this will deny the possibility of their earning during the off office hours.
The new law has ended that role of an agent because the law states that drivers should directly deal with the two companies and should not go through the agents, Ashraf Ibrahim, an agent from one of the company said.
He also said that with this new law the fares would rise because of the increase in the additional taxes on the two companies. He said that citizen will have to pay for these rises and not the companies.
Ibrahim pointed out that the base fare of the Uber has risen from LE6 to LE7 and per kilometer, the price rose to LE2 instead of LEI.85.
One of the sales manager in a real estate, Mahmoud Hegazy, said that he has left with no other alternative, but to register with one of the companies using his own car to pay for the monthly installment of the car.
Many drivers who drive Uber and Careen either works in a government agency or are higher education degree holder, there are just trying to improve their monthly income. For such driver, it would not be possible to put company logos and according to the new law, they would not be able to work for Uber and Careem anymore.