Belgium - Taxi drivers protesting Uber block Brussels - March 31, 2018

Taxi drivers in Brussels protested against ride-sharing service Uber with a 24-hour strike on 27 March. The taxi drivers blocked the entire inner city and the ring road around Brussels and the access to Brussels Airport. Around 500 taxi drivers were expected to take part in the actions. The taxi drivers have already been protesting for years against the competition from ride-sharing services like Uber. The taxi drivers’ federation claims that this is unfair competition because the ride-sharing services don’t have to deal with the same strict regulations as official drivers. The federation of taxi drivers and other federations ask for the resignation of the Brussels mobility minister who proposed a new taxi plan for Brussels that gives professional Uber drivers the same status as normally registered taxi drivers.

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