It's only been a few days since Uber had started operations on the 22nd of November, until the BRTA objected on how they were running the business. The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority asked the ride hailing service to not operate using private cars for commercial purposes, because private cars by law cannot be involved in commercial activities.
The decision was made at a meeting between Uber officials and BRTA Chairman Nazrul Islam at his office,
“We have no objection about operating the service. But the service must come under a legal framework, As per BRTA rules, the vehicles which are registered as private car cannot be operated for commercial purpose. We will hold more discussions with Uber after scrutinising their proposals. We will hold more discussions with Uber after scrutinising their proposals.”
In response to the decision, Uber officials said that they will be placing a detailed plan of their service within the next three weeks.
Uber was attaining popularity among Dhaka dwellers with great promotional offers as they launched. How the platform works is by facilitating transportation through their mobile app. After one day of operations, BRTA declared that Uber is illegal, adding that the company hadn't taken permission before starting its operations in Dhaka.
Although the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, Obaidul Quader welcomed the service, he also stressed that if the service would like to continue operations, it must come under a legal framework and not use private cars for commercial use.
Uber is a taxi service, but the company itself does not own any cars, instead it offers the facility for any car owner to sign up and become an Uber driver.