CAIRO: Dozens of taxi drivers have blockedf the road in Cairo’s upscale district of Mohandessein Tuesday in protest against the government’s approval for the app-based Uber and Careem ride-sharing services to operate in the city, Youm7 reported.
The taxi drivers blocked both directions on Mohandessein’s Gamaet Al Dewal Street causing heavy traffic congestions in the area. Senior policemen of Cairo Traffic Department rushed to the area “to negotiate” with the drivers to reopen the street, according to Youm7.
A security source told Youm7 that if the negotiation fails, the policemen will pull the taxis off the road to avoid traffic jams.
The protest is the not the first since Uber and Careem started operation in Egypt two years ago.
On Feb. 27, dozens of licensed taxi drivers blocked the road outside the State Council in protest against what they called “unfair competition” with the application-based taxi service operators Uber and Careem.
On Feb. 05, dozens of drivers gathered outside the Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque in Cairo’s district of Mohandesen to protest against what they called “illegal employment practices” by the two companies, according to Al Ahram.
The angry drivers raised banners reading “We will not remain silent and watch our rights violated,” according to Youm7.
They sought help of President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and called on him and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to interfere and shut down the said car service companies.