Mexico City cabbies block traffic to protest rideshare apps

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MARÍA VERZA Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of medallion taxi drivers parked their pink-and-white cabs to block major Mexico City thoroughfares for hours Monday in protest of ride-hailing apps such as Uber, causing long delays for motorists. Taxi drivers say they have to comply with requirements for licensing, tax, inspection and tests that the ride-hailing apps don't have to endure, and they are demanding an even playing field. "We want the laws enforced. We are not against anybody," said Eduardo Elizalde, a veteran with 40 years behind the wheel of Mexico City cabs. "But just as we have to pay taxes and pass exams, so should the apps." The city of 9 million people has about 140,000 medallion cabs, and probably that many ride-hailing cars and gypsy cabs. New entrant
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