Bangladesh said Friday the Uber ride-sharing service was working “illegally“, days after it launched in the capital. A notice put in a high- circulation daily paper by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority advised drivers not to work through the well known phone application.
“Uber, the online-based taxi service, is being operated completely illegally,” said BRTA director Mohammad Nurul Islam in the advertisement.
There was no prompt comment from Uber, which launched its on-request car ride services in Dhaka on Tuesday saying it would diminish movement in one of the world’s most congested urban areas by empowering ride-sharing.
Uber seemed to have government backing when a junior minister said the launch was “part of our efforts to build smart cities”.
The administration has altered car share rides over the globe since it was launched in 2010, getting to be one of the world’s most profitable new companies.
In any case, it has confronted challenges from established taxi operators in many places and been hit by a progression of claims and administrative obstacles.
BRTA operations executive Sitangshu Shekhar Biswas told AFP there was no “legal framework” for Uber to operate in Bangladesh.
“It can tie up with the country’s two existing taxicab companies because we’ve fixed their rents and other guidelines. But its app cannot be used in other private cars or vehicles,” he said.
Uber Technologies Inc. is an American worldwide online transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It develops, markets and operates the Uber app, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request, which the software program then automatically sends to the Uber driver nearest to the consumer, alerting the driver to the location of the customer. Uber was founded as UberCab by Garrett Camp, the founder of StumbleUpon, and Travis Kalanick in 2009.