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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Hundreds of drivers for the internet based ride-hailing firm Uber drove through Brazil's largest cities on Monday to protest legislation that would turn them into regular taxi drivers subject to the same local licensing and taxation rules.

Uber drivers protest against a legislation threatening the company's business model that is to be voted in Brazil's national congress, in Sao Paulo, Brazil October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
The chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc, Dara Khosrowshahi, arrived in Brazil to lobby against the bill that is due to be voted on by the Senate on Tuesday and which threatens the company's business in a fast-growing foreign market.

Brazil is Uber's third-largest market, with 17 million users, and the city of Sao Paulo sees more trips on the ride-hailing service than any other city in the world, ahead of New York and Mexico City, according to the company.

A spokesman for the company said the application as it exists could not operate under the new rules, including the use of a taxi license plate on cars owned by Uber drivers.

"The business model we have today would not longer be viable," Uber's executive spokesman in Brazil Fabio Sabba told Reuters.

Uber is already battling to keep operating in London after the city's transport regulator deemed it unfit to run a taxi service and refused to renew its license.


Uber drivers protest against a legislation threatening the company's business model that is to be voted in Brazil's national congress, in Sao Paulo, Brazil October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
Police said 800 Uber drivers drove through the center of Brazil's capital Brasilia to protest the bill that many say will put them out of business. Similar protests in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro snarled downtown traffic.

Uber did not organize the drivers' protests but alerted authorities that they would happen.
"The bill will create so much bureaucracy that it prevents the 500,000 drivers in Brazil from earning income for their families," Uber said in a statement.

Uber said it has paid 495 million reais ($150 million) in federal and municipal taxes so far this year.

The bill, which has already been approved by the lower house of Congress, would define ride hailing applications as public transport instead of private services and require drivers to get a special permit from city authorities. It would also establish additional regulations and taxes.

If the Senate votes to approve the bill, it will be up to President Michel Temer to sign or veto the legislation or parts of it.

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Reporting by Anthony Boadle
 

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...l-bill-regulating-ride-software-idUSKBN1CZ2Q3

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Hundreds of drivers for the internet based ride-hailing firm Uber drove through Brazil's largest cities on Monday to protest legislation that would turn them into regular taxi drivers subject to the same local licensing and taxation rules.

Uber drivers protest against a legislation threatening the company's business model that is to be voted in Brazil's national congress, in Sao Paulo, Brazil October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
The chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc, Dara Khosrowshahi, arrived in Brazil to lobby against the bill that is due to be voted on by the Senate on Tuesday and which threatens the company's business in a fast-growing foreign market.

Brazil is Uber's third-largest market, with 17 million users, and the city of Sao Paulo sees more trips on the ride-hailing service than any other city in the world, ahead of New York and Mexico City, according to the company.

A spokesman for the company said the application as it exists could not operate under the new rules, including the use of a taxi license plate on cars owned by Uber drivers.

"The business model we have today would not longer be viable," Uber's executive spokesman in Brazil Fabio Sabba told Reuters.

Uber is already battling to keep operating in London after the city's transport regulator deemed it unfit to run a taxi service and refused to renew its license.


Uber drivers protest against a legislation threatening the company's business model that is to be voted in Brazil's national congress, in Sao Paulo, Brazil October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
Police said 800 Uber drivers drove through the center of Brazil's capital Brasilia to protest the bill that many say will put them out of business. Similar protests in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro snarled downtown traffic.

Uber did not organize the drivers' protests but alerted authorities that they would happen.
"The bill will create so much bureaucracy that it prevents the 500,000 drivers in Brazil from earning income for their families," Uber said in a statement.

Uber said it has paid 495 million reais ($150 million) in federal and municipal taxes so far this year.

The bill, which has already been approved by the lower house of Congress, would define ride hailing applications as public transport instead of private services and require drivers to get a special permit from city authorities. It would also establish additional regulations and taxes.

If the Senate votes to approve the bill, it will be up to President Michel Temer to sign or veto the legislation or parts of it.

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Reporting by Anthony Boadle
I think what they are doing is fair and just. I never believed the Uber model was fair and just -- taxis pay a lot of money for the priviledge, why should a city allow Uber to avoid what are expected of taxis? That never made sense to me. But for the manner and method of how a rider requests a fare, how are they different than a taxi? Okay, many taxis switched to computer dispatch systems, which, by the way, are far more reliable than the Uber smartphone based App, over 20 years ago.
 

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"The business model we have today would not longer be viable," Uber's executive spokesman in Brazil Fabio Sabba told Reuters.

Well of course it wouldn't work. It doesn't even work without all the regulations in place. Unless you consider losing a couple billion a year viable in the long run.
lol even the business model they have today doesn't work o_O

U know that how?
have you even stopped to think about how many drivers that is ? they probably don't have that many drivers if you add up all the drivers they've ever had in the world combined
 

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"The business model we have today would not longer be viable," Uber's executive spokesman in Brazil Fabio Sabba told Reuters.

Well of course it wouldn't work. It doesn't even work without all the regulations in place. Unless you consider losing a couple billion a year viable in the long run.
Depiction of Uber " Business Model" at work.
Uber management " working" investors.

Investors to be invited to Steak Dinner later . . .
 

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This is typical Uber strategy to try and pressure politicians and regulators by creating a fake driver protest. I wonder what each driver who shows up gets as compensation ? The notion that this is some spontaneous protest in support of Uber is garbage. Uber drivers couldn't organize themselves to protest anywhere in the USA where there are no obstacles to doing it. This is a fake protest. Uber tried to generate one here in NJ when the Democrats brought in legislation requiring more stringent background checks for drivers. I hope the politicians in Brazil grow some backbone and tell Uber where to go shove it. Brazil is a very violent and dangerous country and there is no way in hell I would get in an Uber there as you have no clue who is driving you.
 
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