Uber, Cabify drivers block road in Spain to protest new rule
Drivers working for companies like Uber and Cabify march during a protest in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Hundreds of black vehicles of app-based ride-hailing services are blocking a central artery in the Spanish capital to protest the governmentâs plan to approve new rules that would limit their operations. (Manu Fernandez/Associated Press) September 27 at 9:03 AM
MADRID â" Hundreds of Uber and other drivers are blocking a central artery in Madrid to protest the Spanish governmentâs plan to approve new rules limiting the operations of app-based ride-hailing services.
The drivers, who work for companies including Uber and Cabify, brought traffic in the capitalâs Paseo de la Castellan a to a standstill Thursday as they moved slowly toward the entrance to the Development Ministry.
They plan to repeat their protest on Friday, when the government is expected to pass a decree giving local governments the power to limit licenses for the ride-hailing services.
On Wednesday, the companies offered free rides in several Spanish cities. The move furthered angered taxi driver unions, which have been demanding a ratio of one ride-hailing car to 30 public taxis.
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