Uber cars in slow march against fare reductions

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 06-01-2020 15:17:00 · 0 Comments

Nearly 100 Uber cars on Monday left Belém, in Lisbon, at 11.40 a.m. in a slow march of protest at the price reduction by the electronic platform.

The slow march began in Belém and ends at the Uber 'green hub' in Amoreiras.

With this price reduction, the drivers with whom Lusa spoke on the spot complained that their profit margins will be reduced.

"What is happening goes against law 45, which says you cannot make trips below cost price," said Marcos Pais, adding that it is the third price reduction.

Last week Uber drivers received a message that said: "New prices, higher profitability".

"What seemed to be good news came, however, to nothing good," said Maria Gomes.

According to a driver in Porto contacted by Lusa, this price reduction will decrease the drivers' profit margin per trip to unsustainable levels.

The drivers and Uber partners face cuts and ever lower fares, while expenses increase every day.

An online public petition is still in progress, at https://peticaopublica.com/mobile/pview.aspx?pi=PT95559, which at 12.15 p.m. on Monday had been signed by 1,930 people.

The signatories are calling for the intervention of the president, MPs and parties against the constant breaches to the law for the TVDE activity sector (individual and remunerated transport of passengers in uncharacterized vehicles from an electronic platform).

Among the violations, they criticize the fares charged, established by electronic platforms that change and always lower the prices without concern for the remuneration of each partner/driver.

Contacted by Lusa, Uber’s official source stated that drivers are free to choose to be connected to the app, and Uber does not impose any limitation in that regard, and it is up to Uber to offer the best possible value to both drivers and users, to continue to have the preference of both.


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