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Ride-Hailing Firms Face New Challenges in Iran

The marathon battle between yellow cabs and ride-hailing services takes a new turn as the Interior Ministry has put forward a bill which, if approved, would effectively hand over the authority of regulating activities of the Internet-based companies to mu
Ride-Hailing Firms Face New Challenges in IranRide-Hailing Firms Face New Challenges in Iran
Given the fact that city taxi organizations are monitored by their respective municipalities and have their own online riding services, e-hailing platforms have vehemently taken a stand against the bill, arguing that the proposed law will cause a clear ca

The widespread clash between ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft on one side and authorities and old-school cabbies around the globe has made its way to Iran, with municipalities across the country calling on the government and Parliament to "regulate" the online services, while ride-hailing firms oppose such interventions arguing that such moves would certainly create a conflict of interests involving authorities.
The Interior Ministry has drafted a bill concerning e-hailing services and submitted it to the government for review, which if approved would put ride-hailing services such as Snapp and Tap30 under the direct supervision of municipalities, reported the Persian economic daily Donya-e-Eqtesad.
Each Iranian city has a taxi organization controlled by the respective municipalities. Furthermore, in order to claim a share of the vast ride-hailing services market, the taxi organizations have introduced e-hailing platforms as well. 
 

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