Anti-Uber Protests Around The World

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Above: The streets of San Paulo, Brazil are a parking lot as taxis protest Uber. Picture: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters.

Taxi drivers from around the world have been protesting Uber which they see as unfair and unregulated competion.

London’s transport chiefs announced plans on Wednesday to tighten control on private hire vehicles (PHV), a move that could hit app-based ride-hailing firms such as Uber.

Drivers of the city’s famous black cabs have argued Uber bypasses local licensing and safety laws and amounts to unfair competition. They have staged a number of high-profile protests, including go-slow demonstrations that have brought traffic in the centre of London to a standstill.

Black cabs block Fleet Street  in London in a protest against Uber on Wednesday September 30 Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP

Black cabs block Fleet Street in London in a protest against Uber on Wednesday September 30
Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP

The app has sparked protest among taxi drivers around the world. Here, Uber protesters in yellow shirts listen to city council debate over new taxi regulations in Toronto, Canada, on September 30, 2015. Toronto City council is set to vote on changes to taxi regulations that could regulate ride-hailing app service Uber.

Picture: Mark Blinch/Reuters

Picture: Mark Blinch/Reuters

Taxi drivers demonstrate outside the chamber of deputies in the neighborhood of Se, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 9, 2015, against the use of the Uber application in the country. The demonstration was called by the Brazilian association of taxi unions.

Picture: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

Picture: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

An Italian taxi driver lights a flare as he takes part in an anti-Uber protest in Rome, Italy, on September 10, 2015. Hundreds of Italian taxi drivers took to the street in Rome to protest against a law proposal in favour of UberPOP, a smartphone application-based transportation network and taxi company, which employs drivers without the special licenses normally required to drive a taxi.

Picture: Giuseppe Ciccia/Barcroft

Picture: Giuseppe Ciccia/Barcroft

Taxi drivers from all over Europe line a street during a protest against online ride-sharing company Uber, in central Brussels, Belgium, on September 16, 2015.

Picture: Yves Herman/Reuters

Picture: Yves Herman/Reuters

Striking taxi drivers block a square near the inscription ‘Down with Uber’ in Paris, France in June 2015.

Picture: Bertrand Combaldieu/AP

Picture: Bertrand Combaldieu/AP

Taxi driver protest against private carriers, including Uber, by blocking streets in the centre of Warsaw on September 24, 2015.

Picture: Rex Features

Picture: Rex Features

Taxis are seen parked on the street during a protest against the online car-sharing service Uber in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 9, 2015.

Uber San Paulo Brazil streets blocked

Taxi drivers attend an Uber protest in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on September 10 2015. Demonstrators protested against the lack of regulation of the Uber ride sharing service.

Picture: Dan Peled/EPA

Picture: Dan Peled/EPA

Taxis block the streets of Melbourne’s central business district (CBD) during a rally against ride-sharing service UberX in Melbourne, Australia, on September 10, 2015

Picture: Melissa Meehan/EPA

Picture: Melissa Meehan/EPA

Taxi drivers from all over Europe line a street during a protest against online ride-sharing company Uber, in central Brussels, Belgium, on September 16, 2015

 

Picture: Yves Herman/Reuters

Picture: Yves Herman/Reuters