Taxi app Uber has this week announced its development of a feature which will allow customers to plan rides 30 days ahead free of charge. Competitor app Lyft already has a plan ahead function, which Uber calls Scheduled Rides which it is currently testing in San Francisco. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Uber has agreed to pay ad valorem tax on its services in Egypt, the move that will help resolve a long-simmering feud with ancient taxi drivers. The agreement would additionally apply to different ride-hailing firms, the top of the Egyptian Tax Authority, Abdel Azeem Hussein, said, though Uber’s main rival Careem same it had been already paying ad valorem tax (VAT) in Egypt, wherever the speed is ready at fourteen p.c.

“Reaching the agreement and deciding the tax treatment can which will|that may} be applied to the corporate Uber and different firms operative within the same space will enhance confidence and cooperation between the authority and also the tax community,” state wire service MENA quoted Hussein as speech communication.

Egypt introduced a law last could regulation ride-hailing apps Uber and Careem, when Egyptian taxi drivers filed a proceeding disputation that the 2 firms were illicitly exploitation personal cars as taxis and were registered as a call center and an online company, severally.

An Egyptian court suspended Uber and Careem’s services in March last year when the taxi drivers’ suit however another court stayed the suspension ruling in Gregorian calendar month, permitting the businesses to control whereas the case was appealed to the next court. A finding of fact is anticipated on weekday.

Careem has been paying VAT since March 2018 “in accordance with our compliance with Egyptian laws”, Hazem Ghorab, Careem Egypt’s head of company communications, said.

Uber riders and drivers in Egypt have same they visaged varied technical difficulties with the Uber app in recent weeks, that 2 security sources same was coupled to data-sharing disputes with Egyptian authorities.

Uber has visaged restrictive and legal setbacks round the world amid opposition from ancient taxi services. it’s been forced to quit many countries, together with Denmark and Hungary.

Uber has same that Egypt is its largest market within the Middle East, with 157,000 drivers in 2017 and four million users since its launch there in 2014.

Source: www.reuters.com