Uber Rejects Proposal That Would Legalize Its Service in Brazil’s Largest City

DAN HORCH, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 10/9/2015 

Uber rejected a proposal in São Paulo that might have legalized the ride-hailing service there.

On Thursday, Mayor Fernando Haddad of São Paulo said he was signing a bill that imposed fines and vehicle seizures on drivers of unauthorized ride-hailing services, a category that includes Uber. At the same time, the mayor promised to authorize 5,000 drivers in a new category called “black taxis,” offering a way for many of Uber’s drivers to work legally.

Under the “black taxis” definition, the cars must be painted black and be no more than five years old, and they will only be available for hire via app. Drivers will also have to pay a still-to-be-determined licensing fee. “We are going to incorporate innovation without losing control,” the mayor said.

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