After various incidents in Brussels this weekend, involving taxi drivers and drivers from the urban car-sharing company Uber, a delegation of taxi drivers has been summoned to the police headquarters in Brussels-Capital-Ixelles to meet with representatives of the town council on Tuesday at 3:30pm, with the goal of defusing the tension, announced Constantin Tsatsakis, vice-president of FeBeT (Belgian Taxi Federation) on Monday. According to Constantin Tsatsakis, over the weekend Uber cars were hemmed in taxi drivers, who then called the police. Other taxi drivers damaged some of the cars and threw eggs at them.
Constantin Tsatsakis maintains that the united front of taxis drivers does not condone acts of vandalism, but he regrets that only 30 cases were opened against Uber drivers “A Brussels court ruled that Uber was working illegally. Taxi drivers are getting angry because they want the police to do spot checks on Uber drivers, who aren’t paying any taxes whatsoever as they’re usually working without declaring their income. It’s outrageous!”
He reveals that representatives of taxi drivers will speak at the Brussels parliament on Tuesday. A meeting of the united front is scheduled for Wednesday, in order to plan new protests.
Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)