The Buenos Aires law approved on Thursday the reform of the Law on Traffic and Traffic of the City, known as the "antiUber Law", imposing fines of 200 thousand pesos and retirement of driving licenses to all those who transport passengers illegally, in a voice celebrated as the achievement of hundreds of taxi drivers .
With 37 affirmative votes out of 57, the project presented by the ruling party, supported by the GEN and the peronal bloc, Uber strongly resisted – who thinks the initiative "punishes and persecutes" the company – and claims various groups of taxis.
In fact, the taxi drivers put a black and yellow frame in the Buenos Aires Legislative, where they celebrated bombing, cymbals and noisy approval of the norm.
Taxis gathered from 10 to three neuralgic points in the center of Buenos Aires-9 de Julio and Tacuara, Carlos Pellegrini and Diagonal Norte, San Juan and 9 de Julio- before they drove their car to the door of the local parliament, where it was followed the vote.
In addition to posters against the US company and lawmakers who already voted against this regulation, they demanded control of vehicle traffic to uncover thousands of people working with their private cars through the application.
"We believe that we endure unfair competition, we pay a lot of things that do not pay and we do not want to co-ordinate," said Telam Gabriel, one of the demonstrators of the Association of Car Owners with Taximeter.
The new law stipulates that agents on the road may retain a driver's license on the one hand "by providing passenger transport services without permission, authorization, concession, rating or registration prescribed by applicable regulations, without prejudice to the relevant sanctions."
It also provides for economic penalties for "the owners or responsible for a vehicle that transports passengers and exploits it without permission and / or the power to provide a service as defined by applicable regulations."
It also provides for fines of up to 10,000 fixed units – today it is worth around 200,000 pesos, as its value depends on the cost of a higher octane gasoline pollutant – and the inability to drive from five to ten days.
Several lawmakers were in charge of indicating that the law was not against Uber, for, for example, he also punishes school buses transporting demonstrators, who will be fined up to 35,000 pesos and disqualification of drivers.
However, the debate, which lasted more than two hours, included uncertainty in the work that was created using computer applications and the state of the public transport system, focusing on sanctions against Uber driver.
Uber's Uber Communications Manager Juan Labau, said yesterday in a dialogue with Telam that "the city has not done anything to open a constructive discussion to address this," considering that "Buenos Aires is a city in which Uber is growing more and more to the world. "
According to the manager, between 2,000 and 2,500 drivers are added each week to make their first time, and 40,000 new people are using them, something that the manager "will not change."
Uber drivers consulted by Telam have confirmed this position today, stating that "the problem is that more than 40 percent of those who work live on this."
"Others have another job, but many of us live on this, my daughters eat from what I do in Uber, and if I go, we do not eat, I can not stop doing it," said Ariel, a driver of the company. It is managed by mobile phone applications.
Although he predicted the immediate start of "persecution, with stronger control," he argued that "more and more cars became unemployed."
With the adoption of this law, the city of Buenos Aires went a step further in the regulation of this company, located halfway between the technology application and the transport company, whose regulation provokes controversies since 2009 in dozens of cities around the world.