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