The Confederation of Authorized Operators and Carriers in Romania (COTAR) has suspended the protest announced for Wednesday in front of the Government offices, as the demands of the confederation were resolved, said Ion Comuși, the Vice-president of the organization.
“The protest has been suspended. All the demands have been solved by the Ministry of Transport,” Comuși said.
Earlier this week, COTAR announced that about 35,000 carriers would protest on Wednesday in Bucharest and the major cities of the country against piracy and tax evasion.
It warned furthermore of more protests in Bucharest on December 20 if nothing is solved.
“Road transportation collects some 4.7% of revenues to the GDP, but state authorities tolerate piracy, the number of those who act in this regard being almost equal with the licensed transporters. Soon, Romania will lose the 4.7% to the GDP due to the unfair competition and piracy, tolerated during the past seven years, as the licensed operators will go bankrupt. We do not understand how the Government is preparing on ordinance to criminally prosecute those fail to pay the taxes, as we notice the ‘uberization’ phenomenon is tolerated and supported by the Government by the lack of measures to stop them,” the release read.
COTAR said the phenomenon is related not only to Uber, but to all the unlicensed businesses hidden behind digital platforms.