Monday, January 17

Several hundred Uber drivers bog down traffic in Brussels

(Belga) A demonstration by drivers linked to the Uber application is disrupting traffic on the small belt in Brussels, said Wednesday evening around 10:40 pm Mobiris, the traffic information service of the regional agency Bruxelles Mobilité.

Significant slowdowns in the inner ring of Brussels were observed on the spot by Belga, in particular at Porte de Namur and Arts-Loi. The drivers are several hundred on the small belt, but also on the expressways from Zaventem airport and towards the tunnels of rue Belliard, according to the estimate of Fernando Redondo, the president of the Belgian Association of Limousine drivers (ABCL). The demonstrators are in their cars, but are stationary or are driving in step. These drivers holding an LVC license (Car Rental with Driver), who use the Uber application for the paid transport of people, react to the judgment of the Brussels Court of Appeal, delivered on Wednesday. The latter forced them to stop operating from this Friday at 6:00 p.m. Around 2,000 Brussels drivers risk losing a source of income, according to the company Uber. The Court recognized the use of the Uber app as illegal. It based its decision on the 1995 regional ordinance on taxi services and chauffeur-driven car rental companies. The demonstrators are therefore demanding new legislation from the Brussels government. “We will block Brussels every day by playing the snail until we get a response from the Cabinet of Rudi Vervoort (Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region)”, warns Fernando Redondo. “We have been waiting for this Taxi plan for 7 years and for 7 years it has been frozen with the Cabinet of Rudi Vervoort. Following the decision at first instance, we had fines of 160 euros. Uber drivers had demonstrated in Brussels and we had been promised a Taxi plan for the summer. It is the end of November and we still have nothing. We will stay in the street until we are sure of being able to work again “, assures us -he. (Belga)

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