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Taxi drivers plan to block traffic in Brussels on Thursday

14:17 19/01/2022

Taxi drivers in Brussels are planning to block traffic on Thursday morning in their latest protest against rival Uber.

Brussels taxi federation FeBeT said it would block "two major access roads into Brussels", without specifying which ones.

Federation spokesman Sam Bouchal said taxi drivers wanted "to protest as often as possible, possibly twice or three times a week."

The taxi sector wants more regulation of the private vehicle hire industry and for Uber drivers registered in Flanders and Wallonia to be prevented from working in Brussels.

"If they like disorder, we will create disorder," Bouchal added.

Last month, the Brussels parliament passed an emergency decree allowing Uber to resume operations in the capital. Two weeks earlier, the Court of Appeal had banned the company's private car drivers from picking up passengers.

A number of conditions were attached to Uber's return. Only drivers who can prove that they work for more than 20 hours a week are allowed to operate. In addition, Uber drivers are no longer allowed to park at a taxi rank.

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