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Uber may be granted provisional approval

  • Published at 09:06 pm November 29th, 2016
  • Last updated at 09:22 pm November 29th, 2016
Uber may be granted provisional approval

The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority has asked Uber to submit a proposal of its business plan, which is subject to review, and then Uber will be allowed to use only commercial vehicles for its service.

“They will have to submit a proposal and if we find that agreeable, then they can run in Dhaka,” BRTA Chairman Nazrul Islam said on Tuesday after a meeting with Uber.

“The proposal must detail their business model and service system within four weeks.”

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If Uber uses private vehicles until the amendment of the Motor Vehicle Law, legal action will be taken against them, he said.

The BRTA has currently classified Uber as illegal and that status will continue to 2017.

Their business model, however, depends on ride sharing offered and used by both private and commercial vehicles. Since it operates as a middleman, it does not own any vehicles but offer a platform to those who do.

Uber's representative Utsav Agarwal declined to answer questions after the meeting, redirecting all journalists to their official e-mail for questions.

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The BRTA chairman expressed hope that the company would prove to be a good service in Dhaka.

“After the proposal submission we will see if the service is helpful for commuters and then begin the process of amending the law as soon as possible,” he said.

Nazrul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that they are honouring public interest in Uber which is why they are willing to modify the existing law to accommodate their service.

He, however, warned that Bangladesh's laws must be respected: “We are positive about them but they need to follow the law.”

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