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Thousands of Bogota taxi drivers stage protest over Uber, Cabify

Staff Writer |
Thousands of taxi drivers in Colombia’s capital Bogota began an indefinite strike to protest private transport services.

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Taxis drivers complain that services such as Uber and Cabify, which are unregulated in Colombia, take custom away and have an advantage because they are not obliged to pay insurance and other levies.

Yellow cabs are also protesting a decision by the city that would require them to replace taxi meters with software applications to collect fares. They argue the technology is costly and make them more vulnerable to robbery.

Protesters blocked roads and attacked colleagues who did not join the strike. Police threw tear gas to disperse them.

There are some 480,000 registered taxis in Colombia, with 53,000 in Bogota, a city of about 8 million people.

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