- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Representatives of Mexico City’s regular cab drivers said Friday they dislike new regulations published this week for ride-sharing apps like Uber.

Pedro Soria of the United Taxis and Leaders group says the new rules favor the apps.

Soria said the rules were supposed to create a fair playing field, but “what they did was create a playing field that’s anything but level,” Soria said, adding the rules “are totally in favor” of the ride-sharing apps.

Under the rules, 1.5 percent of each fare a ride-sharing cab receives will go to a “Taxi, Mobility and Pedestrian Fund.” Much of that money may go to regular cabs, to improve their service.

The number of ride-sharing cars won’t be limited, but drivers won’t be allowed to accept cash payments and must keep their vehicles at home.

Regular cab drivers had been calling on the government to limit ride-sharing cars to one for each 50 regular cabs, which would have capped their numbers at 2,800 cars. They had also wanted to set the app drivers’ minimum fares at just under $2 per ride, and require they use cars that are less than five years old and worth at least 350,000 pesos (about $22,000). They had also demanded that ride-share cars display identifying cards or placards.

Ignacio Rodriguez, the spokesman for the group Organized Taxi Drivers of Mexico City, said in a statement that it would fight the new regulations in court.

Rodriguez said there was no basis in city law to allow the recognition of such ride-sharing services. The drivers said they would continue talks with the government, but would not rule out new demonstrations like ones that have snarled traffic in the city of 8.85 million people in the past.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide