Three hundred taxi drivers were present at the taxi protest.Photo: Matthias Vanheerentals

Several taxi companies and drivers came to Brussels from all over Europe on Thursday morning. The taxi drivers, from France, Spain and Brussels, among others, are protesting there against the activities of Uber. A procession of three hundred taxis passed through the Belgian capital.

The activists ask politicians to do more with the findings from the ‘Uber Files’. That’s a series of revelations that show how Uber has been able to bend national laws to its will when implementing the platform.

“With the demonstration, we demand that light be shed on the UberFiles scandal,” Abdel Sabbani, president of the BTF (Fédération des Taxis Bruxellois) told the Brussels news website Bruzz. Numerous taxi drivers from various European countries took part in the protest. With this action, the drivers defended their livelihood. They think Uber is a vicious competitor that is stealing their work. The problems are the same in all European countries, according to the taxi drivers.

GLT GLT, the Belgian national taxi group, was itself not involved in organizing the protest. “GTL is not a big supporter of demonstrations or other protests, but in this case collegiality is certainly appropriate,” says Pierre Steenberghen of GTL. “The group itself does not participate, but some members in Flanders and Wallonia have announced that they would go to the demonstration with a limited number of vehicles. Most companies currently have overcrowded schedules and especially understaffing due to vacancies that are not filled.” The protest started this morning at 08. o’clock and ends this afternoon.

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