A few days after Egypt's Administrative Court ruled in favour of taxi drivers to ban Uber and Careem, Uber has come out saying it intends to appeal the ban. The court handed down the ruling on 20 March 2018 and stated that it is effective with immediate effect.
Egypt's Administrative Court had cited that it decided to ban the ride hailing platforms as they were in violation of the country's laws.
"We will do all we can to ensure millions of Egyptians can continue to enjoy the benefits of on-demand transportation. We are fully committed to working with the entire sector – including taxis – to improve mobility in Egypt together. We will appeal this decision, and continue to be available in Egypt in the meantime," said an Uber Spokesperson for Afrika in a statement responding to questions posed by iAfrikan.
Although nothing has come out of the comittee setup by Egypt's government to look into ride hailing regulation, the authorities in North Afrikan country have engaged all stakeholders in the taxi and ride hailing industries, including Uber and Careem, over the past two years. It is also no doubt a big concern for Uber's approximately 150,000 registered drivers in Egypt.
It is also important to note that the verdict issued by Egypt's Administrative Court does not entail suspending the licenses of the ride hailing companies in Egypt, but instead addresses government authorities looking to regulate the ride hailing industry.
To support their fight against Uber and Careem in Egypt, the taxi drivers, like many others across Afrika, argued that the requirements for drivers on ride-hailing platforms are vastly different compared to what the authorities expect them, taxi drivers, to comply with. These requirements include:
+Fees for car inspections
Insurance (different for public transportation such as taxis)
Driver's license renewals (different for public transportation such as taxis)
It obviously is still a long way before his matter is finalized and it is unlikely that Uber and Careem will give up easily. As such, the likely plausible end result could be seeing the bans lifted and some form of regulation introduced in Egypt.