Polish gov’t discusses ride-hailing rules as cab drivers protest

Poland’s government was on Tuesday expected to discuss planned new rules to regulate ride-hailing services after a protest by taxi drivers.

Cab drivers have argued that the planned legislation would expose them to unfair competition from ride-hailing companies such as Uber.

Officials including Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk have countered such claims, saying the new rules proposed by the government would ensure fair competition on the market and eliminate tax evasion.

The planned measures would allow individuals and companies to provide ride services using mobile applications, Poland’s PAP news agency has reported.

On Monday, hundreds of disgruntled taxi drivers disrupted traffic in the Polish capital to protest against the proposed law.

They then suspended their protest pending further decisions by the government on Tuesday.

The US-based ride-hailing company Uber in January unveiled a plan to invest millions in the southern Polish city of Kraków and in the capital Warsaw.

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