Update2: Uber Beirut confirmed that these claims are not true and that business is running as usual.
Mustapha shared me with me this morning an article from Annahar stating that Uber will be banned in Lebanon after complaints by the taxi syndicate. Uber Beirut launched back in July and has been offering an excellent service at competitive prices. I personally used it at least 6 times so far and I have nothing to complain about.
As far as the ban is concerned, I honestly find it unfair and there are three things that I didn’t understand:
1- How are the Lebanese authorities going to ban Uber from all social media channels? How does that work?
2- Didn’t the ministry approve Uber’s business in Beirut before they launched? I don’t think they just launched the service here without any prior approval.
3- Can’t the ministry agree with Uber on using taxi drivers? or get its drivers a proper taxi license plate?
By the way I just checked the app and it’s working normally.
Update: Here’s a one-month old [article] about the same issue in the Daily Star. Thanks Elie!
Maybe I should be asking what that car was before it got turned into this ugly thing.
He was wearing a seatbelt so it’s ok.
It really doesn’t matter whether the car was speeding or not. Whomever was operating that crane is the one at fault here.
via John Nacouzi
It seems someone crashed into the height limiter today.
I know at least two people who weren’t familiar with the road and drove over that separator. I can’t believe it took them this long to come up with this simple and safer option to prevent trucks from crossing the bridge. Let’s just hope the height limiter is a solid one and won’t break at the first storm.
Spotted in Saida by Reem.
My friend was driving back home yesterday when his car fell in an open manhole puncturing both his tires and damaging the rims. At least two other cars fell in the same manhole as it was covered with water and in the middle of the street. The same thing happened to me a year ago on the Dora highway and I had to change my car’s rims because of that!
How about Lebanese citizens start holding ministries accountable for their mistakes? And maybe fine them for every violation they commit? Or maybe a good idea would be for the Public Works Minister to reprimand those who are responsible for opening manholes in a hazardous matter and endangering people’s lives?
This is such a small circuit yet he makes it look so easy. If you like drifting, check out Ken Block’s latest and sickest Gymkhana Seven in the streets of Los Angeles.
That’s pretty messed up. It happened in broad day light in a relatively busy area.