"Uber Law" takes effect. Does anything change for transport app users?

"Uber Law" takes effect. Does anything change for transport app users?

After several months of political debate and much contestation in the taxi sector, the law regulating electronic transport platforms came into effect this Thursday, November 1. It brings several changes, some (few) involving users.

The principle is the same: you will have to continue to resort to the mobile applications of Uber, Cabify, Taxify and Chauffer Privé to ask for the "hitchhiking" paid. This is because, integrating some of the current practices to date, the new legislation prevents transport apps drivers from picking up passengers on the street or staying in taxi stands. They also continue to be prevented from circulating in the "BUS" lanes.

However, user evaluation by drivers or platforms is now prohibited. On the other hand, the possibility of passengers evaluating drivers still exists.

With the entry into force of the new law, Uber, Cabify, Taxify and Chauffer Privé will pay the State a 5% contribution on the intermediation fees charged on each trip – always being a possibility to raise prices for users …

The legislation also requires that the start of the activity for the platforms is subject to a request from the Institute of Mobility and Transport for a license, which will be valid for 10 years.

Drivers will have to have a driving license for more than three years for category B with endorsement in group two and to complete a compulsory training course, valid for five years, with specific modules on communication and interpersonal relations, among others. In addition, they are prohibited from being more than 10 hours a day behind the wheel regardless of the application for which they work.

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