Protests on Sunday against banning Uber


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A rally to support Uber has been announced announced for Sunday, in Victoriei Square.

According to the “Protest for Uber in Romania” event organized on Facebook, the rally will start at 15:00h. “Let’s all go out in the streets to defend our rights, not to let them do what they want, to continue our activity with Uber/Bolt,” the event’s page reads.

The emergency ordinance amending the taxi business has come into force on Thursday.

The Uber and Bolt (Taxify) representatives say the applications will not be closed down, but it is up to the drivers if they perform passenger transport on not.

Transport Minister Razvan Cuc said on Thursday the information regarding the banning of Uber and other ride sharing companies is ‘fake news’ and that the field will be soon regulated.

Under the pressure of taxi drivers blocking the Victoriei Square, on March 29 the Viorica Dancila cabinet adopted an ordinance which radically changes Law 38/2003 on the rules for passenger transport for fees. More precisely, according to the ordinance, the only ones allowed to conduct such activities – except for bus drivers and the persons hired by rent-a-car companies – will be the taxi-drivers having valid licenses, reports.

Hence, the Uber and Taxify drivers, who do not have taxi licenses and also cannot obtain them, by the law – would be sanctioned as of Thursday, May 16, with fines of up to RON 5,000 and with confiscation of the registration plates for 6 months, if caught while transporting passengers for fees.

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