Brazil cab­bies am­bush Uber driver

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

An Uber driver in Brazil’s fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal Sao Paulo re­sponded to a call, only to find him­self am­bushed by a group of reg­u­lar taxi driv­ers, a re­port said Mon­day.

Folha daily quoted the man as say­ing that he was re­spond­ing to his eighth call of the night on Satur­day, when in­stead of a client he ran into an­gry ri­vals.

Blocked by 20 of­fi­cial taxis, he tried to re­treat, but was forced into a taxi and beaten as he was driven around Sao Paulo for half an hour, said the man, who was not iden­ti­fied.

An­to­nio dos San­tos, pres­i­dent of the city’s taxi union Simte­taxis, said that one of the as­sailants had been iden­ti­fied.

“You can’t take jus­tice into your own hands. The prob­lem of these illegal ( Uber) driv­ers has to be re­solved through le­gal means,” he said.

“The author­i­ties should act to stop these un­de­clared driv­ers,” said Nata­l­i­cio Bez­erra, from another union, Sin­di­taxi.

“If the author­i­ties don't take the ini­tia­tive, things could get worse.”

Uber is in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in Brazil de­spite at­tempts to ban it, and ma­jor protests by tra­di­tional taxi driv­ers against the in­creas­ingly pow­er­ful online ride-book­ing ser­vice.

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