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Dozens of Taxi Drivers Demonstrate Against Uber

By on May 3, 2016

Protestors demonstrate against Uber at the SAn Juan Capitol, Tuesday, May 3. (CB Photo/ Dennis Costa)

Protestors demonstrate against Uber at the San Juan Capitol, Tuesday, May 3. (CB Photo/ Dennis Costa)

SAN JUAN – Dozens of taxi drivers were holding a demonstration at the Capitol against the Uber transportation system, which could begin operations this summer in Puerto Rico and that, as in other countries, has produced much concern among local transportation providers.

Grouped under a broad action committee, various carriers organized a protest that began at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and to which dozens of taxi drivers were joining. The coalition says it incorporates about 40 transportation organizations.

Uber contracts private vehicles through professional services, to which Public Service Commission (PSC) or Tourism Co. regulations (PRTC) do not apply. Taxi drivers are asking that the transportation system regulation for private vehicles be repealed.

Protestors are also requesting the government comply with a bill that eliminates the requirement of a double cabin for trucks. Truckers had gathered at the south side of the Capitol in San Juan since 6:40 a.m. Tuesday.

A group of truckers had gathered with their vehicles Monday to demonstrate against the extension of Metropistas’ concession contract, as well as toll increases.

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A protester holds a sign that can be read as saying either “Say no to Uber” or “Tell Uber my job should be respected,” at the Capitol square in San Juan. (CB Photo/Dennis Costa)

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