Insecurity prevails among online cab drivers after colleague’s murder


ISLAMABAD: After an incident of a driver’s murder, the captains of online cab services Wednesday called upon their companies for an adequate security mechanism to ensure their safety and well-being of their families.

The captains expressing their grave concern over the brutal killing of their colleague Junaid stressed for life insurance and 24/7 access to companies’ emergency helpline.

Talking to APP, one of the ride-sharing service’s captain Muhammad Rizwan said a panic button should be introduced in the rides in emergency situations and up-gradation of the tracking system should be ensured. “These companies should provide life and vehicle insurance”, he demanded.

He said just a five-minute extended connection with the company after finishing every ride was not enough for a secure job.

The captains should be educated to strictly adhere to safety guidelines and to remain within their authorised limits to avoid any untoward incident, another captain suggested.

The public relations officer of an online cab service Sibtain Naqvi said his company was paying full attention towards the prevailing issues of their captains and passengers and was in contact with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to further strengthen the security system.

The company had constituted the security committees involving customers, captains and officials of law enforcement agencies in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. Those committees would forward their recommendation on security lapses which would be shared with the higher district management authorities, he added.