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Brazil: Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro ban Uber

 |  September 15, 2015

Sao Paulo’s municipal Chamber has followed in the footsteps of Rio de Janeiro, with Brazil’s two largest cities now banning the use of Uber and other similar transport apps.

The decision by the local body had 43 votes in favor, with 3 against. The vote was taken under pressure from the Taxi-drivers’ union, which staged large protests in Sao Paulo’s streets to express their rejection of these services.

Before coming into effect the law must be approved by Fernando Haddad, the city’s mayor. The mayor has already expressed his own dislike for these applications.

The text of the decision forbids “the use of privately-owned vehicles registered in online applications for remunerated transport services for individual persons”. Rio de Janeiro recently passed a similar law, prohibiting the use of private automobiles to offer private transport services.

Source: RPP

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