Interior Minister Warns of Strict Penalties for Unlicensed App-Based Transport Companies

Moroccan Interior Minister, Abdelouafi Laftit, affirmed that companies providing intermediary services in the field of app-based transportation without proper licensing may face severe penalties. This statement came in response to a written parliamentary question, as reported by “Al-Ahdath Al-Maghribia” newspaper in its issue published on Thursday, July 4, 2024.

Laftit emphasized that using private vehicles to provide transport services or intermediary services in this field through smart applications without a license is considered an illegal practice under Moroccan law. He added that security authorities are taking necessary measures to address these practices, referring violators to the competent judicial authorities.

For his part, Minister of Transport and Logistics, Mohamed Abdeljalil, had previously confirmed that providing passenger transport services through modern digital platforms without a license violates the applicable laws and regulations. He explained that the law requires drivers to obtain a professional driver’s card and special permits for each vehicle used in this activity.

These statements come amid growing controversy over app-based transport services in Morocco. While voices calling for the regulation of these services are rising, especially in major cities like Casablanca, professional unions of taxi drivers consider these applications to be operating outside the legal framework.

It’s worth noting that this issue is sparking widespread debate in Moroccan society, with some calling for legal regulation of these services to meet citizens’ needs, while others insist on the necessity of adhering to current laws and protecting the interests of traditional taxi drivers.

In light of these developments, it is expected that the coming days will witness more discussions and procedures regarding the regulation of the app-based transport sector in Morocco.

Source: Fez News

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