The action of Uber drivers follows the judgment of the Brussels Court of Appeal, delivered on Wednesday. The latter forced them to cease their activities from this Friday at 6:00 p.m. Around 2,000 Brussels drivers linked to Uber risk losing their source of income, according to the company.
Traffic jams are significant on the axes entering the city, in particular the E40-A3 between Evere and Reyers, but also on the Petite Ceinture, the avenue de Tervueren and the rue de la Loi, reports Mobiris.
Slowdowns are also observed on the E40 coming from Louvain towards Brussels, on the outer ring road between Anderlecht-Nord and Neerpede, on the A3 towards Brussels at the Reyers complex as well as in several tunnels in the capital.
The drivers holding an LVC license (Rental Car with Driver), who use the Uber application for the paid transport of people, were several hundred to have mobilized Wednesday evening, as well as this Thursday morning. They are either in their cars at a standstill or at walking pace.
The Court of Appeal recognized the use of the Uber application as illegal. It based its decision on the 1995 regional ordinance on taxi services and chauffeur-driven car rental companies. The demonstrators are therefore demanding new legislation from the Brussels government. “We will block Brussels every day by playing ‘the snail’ until we get a response from the Cabinet of Rudi Vervoort (Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region)”, warns Fernando Redondo, the President of the Association. Belgian Limousine Drivers (ABCL). “We have been waiting for this Taxi plan for seven years, which is frozen with the cabinet of Rudi Vervoort. Following the decision at first instance, we had fines of 160 euros. Uber drivers had demonstrated in Brussels and We had been promised a Taxi plan for the summer. It is the end of November and we still have nothing. We will stay in the street until we are sure of being able to work again, “he concludes.