Taxi union asks to update the rate “urgently” by 21% and announces mobilizations

The Single Guild of the Taxi asked the government for “necessary and urgent” rate update of 21.2% to compensate for the losses, according to a letter sent to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Azucena Arbeleche, this Tuesday. His general manager, Óscar Dourado, informed The Observer what after Easter, the workers will carry out mobilizations in Montevideo and the interior of the country.

The union met in Assembly this Wednesday and tried the “concern” that generates fuel prices. In this sense, he requested “again” the renewal of the gasoline and diesel tax discount. “We need this relief to be able to continue providing a basic necessity service such as the Health Taxi, a service that the population values ​​and needs at a time when the prevention of contagion and health care is essential,” he indicated in the letter.

Earlier, on March 17, 2022, the organized workers had sent another letter, also to Minister Arbeleche where They warned that the sector “is without an economic balance that allows it to meet all its obligations”. They insisted that “the permanent fuel increase enlarges economic problems”. “There is very little work that we have and the cost of fuel has appropriated any possible profitability that we could have,” they added.

On the other hand, they asked the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to extend the exoneration of the pos rental, which today is 70%. In the taximeter, its installation was mandatory – for Literal E companies – since 2018. Now, the union has requested “the maintenance of the exemption for one more year for all small companies.”

The dates and places where the union will mobilize will be known when the union meets after Holy Week, which will be from this Saturday, April 9 to Sunday, April 17, Dourado said.

Use of face masks

The members of the Single Taxi Guild resolved in the assembly this Wednesday exhort for the public and drivers to use the face mask. After the health emergency in Uruguay, they advise the “responsible use of the mask”, they indicate in point 2 of the resolution issued.

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