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Wednesday 28 of July 2021

Uber Authorized to Operate in Brazil's Biggest City


Taxi drivers block a street to protest against the ride-booking company Uber in São Paulo,photo: AP/Andre Penner
Taxi drivers block a street to protest against the ride-booking company Uber in São Paulo,photo: AP/Andre Penner
The service has drawn increasing use since soccer's 2014 World Cup, with many of its cars cleaner and newer than those of regular taxis

SÃO PAULO — The mayor of São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, signed a decree Tuesday authorizing the use of smartphone-based ride-sharing-applications like Uber.

Mayor Fernando Haddad’s decree said Uber and other companies offering the same kind of service must pay the equivalent of $0.03 cents per kilometer ridden with a passenger.

The service has drawn increasing use since soccer’s 2014 World Cup, with many of its cars cleaner and newer than those of regular taxis.

Cab drivers protested in front of City Hall and blocked several streets and avenues. They complain Uber is unfair competition because its drivers don’t have to pay city fees or undergo official inspections.

Uber’s São Paulo office did not respond to an emailed request for comment.