Date
19 October 2017
Uber Technologies says the vote is against technology and the right of citizens to choose how they get around. Photo: Reuters
Uber Technologies says the vote is against technology and the right of citizens to choose how they get around. Photo: Reuters

Rio de Janeiro city council votes to ban Uber

Rio de Janeiro became the latest city to move against Uber as its city council voted to ban unregulated ride-sharing services.

Mayor Eduardo Paes must approve and sign the decision within 15 days to become law, Reuters reported.

In a statement, San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. said it would continue to operate normally in the city, noting the vote was against technology and the right of citizens to choose how they get around.

The company also said it had not been included in discussions about the law.

Rio follows Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, and its capital, Brasilia, in moving to ban Uber. 

A number of cities in the United States as well as India and Europe have also moved to ban Uber.

Taxi drivers complain that Uber drivers are not properly regulated and have fewer overhead costs, giving them an unfair advantage.

Tuesday’s vote, 42-1 in favor with five abstentions, declares only cars that are regulated by the city are allowed to drive around the city picking up passengers, effectively banning Uber drivers, who currently are not regulated.

If the law is passed drivers found breaking the law could be fined 2,000 reais (US$550).

More than a thousand taxi drivers protested against Uber in Rio in July, blocking roads and stalling traffic during morning rush hour.

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