Polish taxi drivers protest against Uber

2017-06-05 20:43
(Czarek Sokolowski, AP)

(Czarek Sokolowski, AP)

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Warsaw - Two thousand Polish taxi drivers on Monday snarled traffic in the capital Warsaw by driving at a snail's pace to protest against competitors including the controversial ride-sharing app Uber.

Traditional cab operators argue that the app represents unfair competition because Uber drivers can dodge the rules and restrictions that regulate professionals.

Blaring horns and flying small red-and-white national flags, the taxis inched through Warsaw at around 10km/h, blocking the city centre and major thoroughfares.

Psychological tests

Organisers said hundreds joined in several other cities across the country. Uber began operating in Poland in 2014.

"We want the government to respond to the illegal activities of some in the transport sector," said Jaroslaw Iglikowski, a representative of the Warsaw taxi union.

Iglikowski insists that Uber and other drivers fail to comply with laws requiring taxi drivers to use cash registers and undergo psychological tests to obtain licences.

Thousands of Spanish taxis went on strike in Madrid and Barcelona last week to protest against Uber and similar ride-hailing company Cabify.
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