Uber Egypt. (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images)
Uber Egypt. (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images)

In March, Forty-two Egyptian taxi drivers filed a lawsuit in the administrative court a year ago against US-based transportation firm Uber Technologies arguing it was illegally using private cars as taxis. Also claiming that the firm had registered as a call center.

The administrative court then ordered the government to suspend Uber’s licence till further notice.

However, according to reports by Thomson Reuters, the Egyptian Cairo Court of Urgent Matters ruled on Saturday that a judicial decision to suspend the licences of ride-hailing companies Uber shouldn’t be applied, allowing them to continue their work until a final decision from the Highest administrative court, the sources said.

The March decision had not yet been applied, according to judicial sources.

The government appealed against the March ruling before the Highest Administrative Court. Uber followed suit.

The government has sent parliament a draft law to regulate web-based transport services. It is not clear when that will be passed.

Uber said Egypt is its largest market in the Middle East, with 157,000 drivers in 2017 and 4 million users since its launch there in 2014.

According to state news agency MENA, Uber’s General Manager in Egypt, Abdellatif Waked said the country is one of Uber’s fastest-growing markets.

Uber has faced regulatory and legal setbacks around the world amid opposition from traditional taxi services. It has been forced to quit countries such as Denmark and Hungary.

source: Thomson Reuters 2018