More than 50,000 road transporters will protest on December 13 in several cities across the country and on December 20 in front of the Government, demanding the elimination of businesses not licensed for transporting people, a communiqué released on Wednesday by the Confederation of Authorized Operators and Carriers in Romania (COTAR) reads.
Ordinance 34/2010 should have eliminated piracy in transportation, but only a few months after its adoption, the lawmakers have amended it so that it can no longer be applied. Moreover, in 2015, Lucian Sova introduced the phrase ‘repeatedly’ in the law, so that the control bodies cannot enforce the law unless they prove that the transporter had already made illegal transport of persons and is not at the first offense – which virtually eliminates the possibility to intervene for the elimination of piracy in road transport,” the COTAR communiqué reads.
COTAR calls on PM Mihai Tudose to solve the situation of ordinance 34/2010. “Otherwise, taxi drivers and road transporters will go out to the streets in Bucharest and the large cities on December 13, and if it is not solved, and the law is not enforced, on December 20 all carriers will arrive in Bucharest for a rally in Victoriei Square,” the press release reads.
“There are 10,260 cabs in Bucharest, plus 60,000 in the other cities in the country, 40,000 regular transport operators and some 20,000 parcel carriers, also pirated by the same platforms. If we take into account that UBER and other unlicensed and unauthorized companies have already switched to freight and parcels, all these areas of activity will be severely affected,” the press release underlines.