Careem temporarily barred from calling its drivers ‘captains’

Civil Judge Rawalpindi Rao Ejaz Ahmed Awan was hearing the petition

RAWALPINDI: A civil court in Rawalpindi has temporarily barred Careem from calling its drivers ‘captains’ after an airline pilot approached the court complaining to have faced “humiliation” over sharing his job title with the ride-hailing company’s staff.

Civil Judge Rawalpindi Rao Ejaz Ahmed Awan was hearing the petition filed by Labeeb Ahmed, a pilot by profession, through his lawyer Chaudhry Rizwan Elahi. The judge ordered the company to submit its response by July 31.

The petitioner stated that due to Careem’s use of the term “captain” for its drivers, he has to bear the brunt of jokes as people often deliberately confuse his job title with that of Careem captains.

“Such instances had disgraced an aviation rank that is attained after going through rigorous education and obtaining commercial pilot license from the Civil Aviation Authority Pakistan,” the petition sated.

He argued that the title of captain should either be reserved for a pilot or a third-ranked officer of the armed forces, also known as a commissioned officer.

After hearing the arguments, the civil judge ordered the company to not use the word “captain” for its drivers until the next hearing and also sought a response from the zonal manager of the company.