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Petition Created to Support Uber in Madeira

Following the announcement of the suspension of UBER’s activity in Madeira, a petition has been created to review and amend the Proposed Regional Legislative Decree ‘Adaptation to the Autonomous Region of Madeira Law No. 45/2018,’ dated the 10th of August, which establishes the legal regime for the activity of individual and remunerated passenger transport vehicles that are not listed on an electronic platform.

The document, which already has more than 300 signatures, argues that ‘the TVDE platforms allow full transparency and credibility in all financial transactions associated with passenger transport and that the volume of business and jobs generated by the TVDE activity represent an asset for the island’s economy.’

The petition further states that the official figures presented by UBER contradict the thesis that the TVDE sector puts the Taxi sector at risk, as according to the platform, between 2014, when Uber started operating in Portugal, and the end of 2018, before the entry into force of the current law, the business volume of the Taxi sector increased by 38%, employment figures rose by 20% and the overall generated income rose by 30%.  Moreover, several entrepreneurs in the passenger transport sector, especially Taxi drivers and businesses have created TVDE companies.

Concluding, the document states that the Proposed Regional Legislative Decree entitled ‘Adaptation to the Autonomous Region of Madeira Law no. 45/2018,’ dated the 10th of August ‘prevents the continuity of TVDE activity in the Madeira Region, as discriminatory and penalises both people and companies.’

For those interested in signing the petition, please go to https://peticaopublica.com/mobile/pview.aspx?pi=PT101270

Samantha Gannon

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