Brussels Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort limits Uber to the great dissatisfaction of drivers and his own majority. In the Brussels Region, drivers are no longer allowed to accept orders for journeys with their smartphone. In concrete terms, this means that it is almost impossible for drivers of Uber and competitor Heetch to offer their current services in Brussels. The current Brussels Minister of Mobility, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen), is refraining from commenting for the time being.

Current regulations state that, which Uber actually does, renters of cars with drivers are not allowed to work with orders via a smartphone and, moreover, a trip order must be closed at least three hours in advance. The use of a smartphone is one of the most important parts of the total Uber working method. More than two thousand drivers are now affected by this measure and about a hundred drivers campaigned for the cabinet of Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort, who is also responsible for the taxi sector.

Vervoort said on RTBF radio that the competition from Uber is not sustainable in the long term. "The question is what future we give to passenger transport in Brussels." The PS'er has already openly opposed companies from the sharing economy in the past.

The liberal would rather see the current tolerance policy of recent years continued until the Constitutional Court has ruled, and State Secretary Pascal Smet (sp.a) agrees. Brussels does not target Uber, the cabinet of Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort (PS) says, but the rules must be respected. 

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