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Uber Law Delays

The JPP (Juntos Pelo Povo) has expressed its concern on behalf of professionals taxi drivers, as the law “Autonomous Region of Madeira Law No. 45/2018, of 10 August, which establishes the legal regime for the activity of individual and remunerated transport of passengers in vehicles uncharacterized from an electronic platform (taxis)” has not yet been published in Diário da República.

Further, “It should be noted that the Representative of the Republic sent the diploma to the Constitutional Court on 16/07/2020, which included a number of concerns as to the constitutionality of some of the articles. On August 11, 2020, the Court pronounced itself for the non-unconstitutionality of rules, thus the diploma is ready for publication.

In a letter sent to the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, the Representative of the Republic confirmed that he had the diploma published in the Diário da República on 11 August 2020.

In JPP’s perspective, this waiting time, has no intelligible explanation, being too long to wait for the publication of a diploma by the Casa da Moeda and the National Press, which is 100% owned by Parpública (a state owned holding company, characterised as a Portuguese National Wealth Fund).”

“This situation violates the desired regulation, given that it harms the regional economy particularly as the diploma only comes into force on the day following its publication, thus delaying fundamental regulations concerning the passenger transport sector in the light vehicle in the Autonomous Region, which may be issued up to 60 days after the publication of the diploma.”

Moreover, stated Élvio Sousa “It is an unacceptable situation as there is an urgent requirement to regulate access to passenger transport services in light vehicles, which is currently unregulated.” On Monday, the JPP will send a letter to the Government of the Republic to express their concern at this inertia and the potential damage this situation is causing Madeira.

Samantha Gannon

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