Vilnius taxi drivers strike against Uber

DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

Taxi drivers oppose plans to change regulations of taxi services after the coming of Uber to the Lithuanian capital last November.

A new law on transportation is expected to be heard at parliament, the Seimas, this spring and define clearer rules about who can offer passenger transportation services and the responsibilities of ride-sharing service providers like Uber.

Representatives of Lithuanian taxi drivers say that services like Uber are eating into their business without having to meet the same requirements as traditional taxi companies.

“Digital ride service platforms [raise concern that] one company can be accorded undue privileges and discriminate against other players in the market of transportation services,” taxi drivers’ union ‘Solidarumas’ said in a statement last week.

The striking taxi drivers are planning to drive to the Seimas building on Wednesday noon and present a petition.

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