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Egyptian Taxi Drivers Win Case Against Uber, Court Orders Immediate Suspension

Egypt suspended the licenses of ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem on Tuesday, in a court ruling after taxi drivers sought to shut down the two firms’ operations in the country, judicial sources said.

Tuesday’s ban order comes on the back of a suit by a group of taxi drivers claiming that these services were breaking the country’s traffic law by using privately-owned vehicles for commercial use.

The two ride-hailing services must immediately halt their operations following the order. The ruling can, however, be appealed before Egypt’s High Administrative Court, local media Egyptian Streets reports.

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The two companies have faced protests from taxi drivers — Ahram Online

Uber started operations in Egypt in November 2014. It has since served as a source of income for many, with more than 30,000 drivers using the device.

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

The two companies are yet to officially comment on the development.

-Reuters

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