Egypt’s court bars Uber, Careem from operating in country

Egypt’s administrative court banned on Tuesday taxi-hailing services Uber and Careem from operating in the country.

The case against the two companies was filed by a group of traditional taxi drivers in February 2017 who accused the services of breaking the traffic law by using privately-owned vehicles for commercial use.

Tuesday’s court decision, which should immediately go into effect, can still be appealed before Egypt’s Higher Administrative Court.

An Uber representative told Ahram Online that the company will release an official response to the court decision.

Careem was not immediately available for comment.

Uber, first launched in San Francisco seven years ago, began operating in Egypt in November 2014.

The service is now operating in more than 80 countries.

The United Arab Emirates-based Careem, which operates across 14 countries the Middle East, also launched in Egypt in 2014.

The ride-hailing smartphone services had sparked several protests from cab drivers in Cairo over their use of private vehicles to transport commuters.

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