In reference to the article titled “Uber Beirut to be shut down unless it plays by rules” published in print and online on Nov. 4, 2014, The Daily Star received the following response from UBER’s general manager:
Uber is running business as usual and innovating within the framework of the law. We are in constructive dialogue with policymakers about how our technology works. We know by the demand we see for Uber services that Beirut recognizes the benefits of new and innovative services that are safe, reliable and convenient and at an affordable cost.
The title of the article has explicitly expressed a highly speculative matter presented as a fact rather than a quoted opinion of Charles Abou Harb, general manager of Charlie Taxi and president of the Taxi Companies Syndicate. As the opinion was not factual, the title should have been in quotes and attributed to Mr. Abou Harb. As you know, only the government authorities can say what is legal and illegal and what consequences should be imposed if found illegal.
Such statements are quite irresponsible and presumptuous, if not malicious.
We reiterate that Uber is a smartphone app company that connects riders and drivers. We neither operate nor own taxis nor employ drivers. We are a law-abiding technology company prioritizing safety and transparency for the greater service of the people of Lebanon.
We ask your publication to clarify this matter in the interest of balanced and fair reporting.