Mexico City Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber


Hundreds of taxi drivers marched through Mexico City on Monday, chanting “Uber Out!” and demanding city authorities ban the online ride service. Some drove their pink-and-white cabs in ranks, snarling traffic along the city’s main boulevard.

The drivers say Uber and other ride-sharing services evade the tax, registration and safety laws to which regular cabs are subject.

Taxi drivers’ leader Eleazar Romero told the rally: “We are not against technology. We just want a level playing field, we want everyone to follow the same tax rules we do.”

Taxi leaders apologised for affecting traffic, but claimed they were facing unfair competition. Uber responded on its blog by offering Mexico City commuters free rides on Monday, saying: “If Mexico won’t stop, Uber won’t stop.” It said commuters could take up to two rides worth about $10 for free.

On Twitter, the hashtag #Ubersequeda – literally, “Uber is sticking around” – was one of the top trending topics in Mexico, though there is a rival hashtag, roughly “Uber is going”, used by people who oppose the service.

Source: The Guardian

Wiretech Comments

This is a clear evidence of slow adaptation of laws to new market conditions. Private and public sector are completely separated and they do not work together. Drivers should protest against their government. Even if they were successful, there would be always another company with the similar business model. Mexico City's councillors should consider the change of the game rules. Technological progress always leads the changes, so this must happen also in this situation. 

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