Thousands of taxi drivers have disrupted traffic in Lisbon to show their displeasure at US cab giant Uber. They accuse the company of illegally undercutting their business. Between 3,000 and 4,000 taxi drivers in the Portuguese capital drove at snail’s place through the city on Friday. Around 1,000 protesters also gathered in the city of Porto and around a hundred in Faro, in the south. Lisbon taxi drivers tied black ribbons to their cabs and stuck posters on windows saying “Uber go home” and “Uber is illegal.” Access to Lisbon’s international airport was also temporarily blocked and tourists had to use the metro to get to their destinations. The protests were organized by the trade unions Antral and the Portuguese Taxi Federation. “The government has to stop Uber’s operations, which represent unfair competition with the taxis,” Antral President Florencio Almeida told reporters. “We don’t need state subsidies, but we want the law to be enforced,” he added. Read the whole story in DW here
We don’t use UBER ourselves – but after our latest incident with taxis we feel very tempted.
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