Transportation Minister: 37 ride-hailing companies apply for license


Published: 2018-03-18 21:22

Last Updated: 2018-03-19 10:08

The Cabinet will discuss the regulations of ride-hailing apps.
The Cabinet will discuss the regulations of ride-hailing apps.
Roya News Source

There were 37 applications for licensing submitted by ride-hailing companies recently, according to the Minister of Transport, Walid Masri.

In response to a question by MP Hasan Ajarmeh during an observatory session, Masri said the Cabinet would meet next week to discuss the regulation of ride-sharing apps in order to create a balance between yellow taxis and cars using ride-hailing apps.

According to Masri, regulations on ride-hailing apps would require the insurance of passengers and the better tracking of cars, not limited to phone tracking.

During the last few months, the licensing of ride-hailing apps had stirred dissent among yellow taxi owners who feared the licensing would increase the work of unlicensed cars at the expense of regular taxis. Several protests had been arranged by yellow-cab owners demanding the blocking of apps like Careem and Uber from working in the kingdom.