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Ministry blocks unlicensed ride-hailing apps, citing safety concerns

By : JD News Desk

Jordan Daily – The Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship announced the blocking of 24 unlicensed ride-hailing applications in Jordan from app stores in cooperation with international companies (Apple, Huawei, Google), citing unfair competition with licensed apps and significant social and security impacts on users.

According to a statement by the ministry on Friday, this move is part of collaboration between the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Transport, the Land Transport Regulatory Authority, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, and the Public Security Directorate to ensure the safety of users and operators.

The use of unlicensed ride-hailing apps exposes users to various risks, including lack of accountability in case of accidents or safety issues, as well as failure to adhere to required quality standards, resulting in negative user experiences and endangering lives due to lack of tracking and insurance coverage. The illegal operation of these apps undermines fair competition and could reduce revenues for licensed companies, negatively impacting the local economy.

Additionally, the Land Transport Regulatory Authority plans to conduct a study with relevant authorities to assess the possibility of licensing more apps based on local market needs.

The ministry urges citizens not to use unauthorized apps due to their significant social, security, and economic impacts, especially as some drivers using these unauthorized apps have criminal records, affecting the safety of passengers, particularly women and children.

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