(Bloomberg) -- Hundreds of Uber, Cabify and Didi drivers blocked the streets of Colombia’s capital on Monday to protest government plans to curb ride-hailing apps.
The demonstrations, which disrupted the main route to the airport, broke out after a draft proposal circulated on Twitter which appeared to contemplate fines of 10.6 million pesos ($2,300) for some clients of such apps.
The nation’s Transport Minister Guillermo Reyes confirmed that the administration of President Gustavo Petro is working on a draft law to regulate the apps, but denied that the government wants to shut them down.
“We are not going to ban the platforms,” Reyes told W Radio Tuesday morning. “What we need is to reach consensus on how to formalize them so that they offer their services legally.”
Reyes said the government won’t send anything to congress until a consensus is reached, including with representatives of the ride-hailing apps.
Drivers and members of technology business association Alianza In, which groups apps including Uber, are scheduled to meet with government officials on Wednesday, according to Alianza In’s director Jose Daniel Lopez.
“We’re very worried about the draft proposal,” Lopez said in an audio message in response to questions. “We need to move away from talk of prohibition to something concrete on regulation.”
Uber Technologies Inc. and Didi Chuxing Technology Co. are among the ride-hailing apps operating in Colombia.
--With assistance from Ezra Fieser.
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