LAHORE : Chief Minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif, has ordered immediate resumption of mobile phone-based online application of taxi services, Careem and Uber while ordering the companies to comply with the rules within 15 days.

The development has come in after the Provincial Transport Authority (PTA) issued notification to both the foreign companies, yesterday, that their fleets of cars were registered as private vehicles while being used on commercial basis which was against the law.

The notification cited violation of Section 2 (5), (20), Section 39 and Section 44 of the Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1965.

It was reported that the companies were lacking the fitness certificates and route permits along with the documentation required from the government authourities to launch taxis in Pakistan, mainly in metropolis.

Careem has its operations in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad while Uber has expanded its operations to other cities as well.

Chairman of Punjab Information and Technology (IT) Board, Umar Saif, clarified the Government's stance on the issue by saying that the notification was supposed to be an in-house memo which was made public prematurely.

However, he expressed his agreement to let such companies operate in Pakistan as they expand job opportunities and help the economy. He said that the government doesn’t want to register the companies as private taxi services but tax them.