Protests against Careem and Uber continue across Pakistan as drivers of both ride sharing apps vent out their frustration against low earnings and elimination of captain bonuses. Protests against both Careem and Uber and have been ongoing in the country since their launch, but have ignited again recently after both services cut fares drastically to compete.
The addition of older and smaller cars like the Suzuki Mehran have also forced the companies to drop customer fares. A ride which would have normally cost Rs. 400 to 500 is now costing the end user only Rs. 200 to 300, with most of the hit being taken by the captain of the car.
Rickshaws have also been added onto the ride sharing services by both Careem and Uber. This move cooled down protests by taxis and rickshaws across the country, but car owners are now heating up as the price difference between them is barely sustainable. A rickshaw could be charging anywhere from Rs. 100 to 200, while getting a car on either Careem or Uber would cost less than double that. According to Careem/Uber drivers, this has seriously hindered the amount they are able to earn on a weekly and monthly basis.
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Drivers protesting around Uber and Careem offices in Lahore demanded that the ride sharing apps either increase their share of revenue or increase fare prices for passengers. Both services have also either minimized or abolished the bonus system for captains as well. This incentive allowed drivers to earn an additional Rs. 20,000 to 30,000 when working on days when user demand was higher than normal and for completing a certain number of rides in a certain number of hours.
When Careem and Uber launched in Pakistan, both ride sharing app services claimed that drivers could earn beyond Rs. 100,000 every single month. This was a major attraction for people with their own cars to either drive themselves or to hire drivers to do the work. Now, the situation has gotten to the point where car owners are earning less than Rs.50,000 a month and are unable to support even their own needs using the services.
Both services began advertising once again for drivers and car owners to come on board after people took their vehicles off of Uber and Careem in hordes. This created a serious vacuum for both companies, who then pushed toward getting rickshaws and older cars on board. Careem and Uber have not been too vocal with addressing these issues and are not really in the customer satisfaction game, or it seems that way. Both companies have been doing quite well in the country in regards to becoming a household brand, but their focus on the people which actually run their business has been pretty shocking.
Drivers have vowed to continue protesting against both Uber and Careem until their demands are met. This will ultimately create problem for regular users of the ride sharing services in Pakistan as more and more drivers get off the boat and look for alternative ways to earn.
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