Uber drivers got three-month extension to work in the Brussels region
The ordinance that allows Uber drivers temporarily to work in the Brussels Region has been extended by three months until October 22. Brussels-Capital Region Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort announced it during the discussion of the taxi ordinance in the Brussels Parliament this Tuesday 24 May.
Vervoort insisted that the necessary implementing decisions will be ready by September, "so that the entire reform can enter into force before the end of the extension of the so-called 'sparadraps' ordinance".
The Interior Committee of the Brussels Parliament continued its discussion of the taxi ordinance with the Prime Minister's answers to the many questions posed last week.
Vervoort pointed out that the "sparadraps" ordinance was intended to allow VVC drivers (transport of vehicles with a driver) and in particular Uber drivers to continue working pending the implementation of the new taxi plan.
In the meantime, his administration and cabinet are working on the implementing decrees, which can be sent to the Council of State in July so that they are ready in September. Thus, the whole reform can come into effect before the end of the extension of the emergency ordinance.
"The implementing decrees will also be submitted to the sector's advisory committee, Brupartners and all sector actors, such as reservation platforms and drivers' and operators' associations," added the prime minister.
In their reply, David Weytsman (MR), Cieltje Van Achter (N-VA) and Christophe De Beukelaer (Les Engagés) found the distinction between standing and street taxis to be wrong because it can lead to discrimination.
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