Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) declared Uber illegal just a couple of days after its launch in Bangladesh.
Anyone violating the government’s policies will be punished strictly. BRTA Director Nurul Islam said:
“Uber violates the taxicab policy of Bangladesh. A company needs to take permission from the BRTA before running a taxi service, but Uber did not before its launch, therefore we declared the service illegal by publishing a notice in different newspapers.”
ICT Secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder said:
“There is no legal barrier for apps like Uber in our country, but there is the issue of using private vehicles for commercial purposes: it is not allowed here.”
Responding to a request for comment on the latest development, an Uber spokesperson told the Dhaka Tribune:
“Uber is a technology platform that has transformed urban mobility in more than 450 cities across 74 countries by connecting riders with drivers at the tap on a smartphone app. In line with the government’s vision of Digital Bangladesh, we want to work with the government and policymakers to help bring innovation to our cities through constructive dialogue and engagement.”
The notice also reads any car or microbus that runs on hire must be painted in different colors (black body and yellow top) and have necessary route permits in accordance with the law.