Battle Against Uber In Brazil Gets Out of Control

Uber was officially banned from Rio de Janeiro yesterday, a move that was not surprising to some since city officials had discussed it for a while and all they needed was the mayor’s approval, which they got when Eduardo Paes signed the bill.

Uber only has 5,000 drivers, but the taxi drivers around the area felt like the service was taking their jobs. The company made its debut in Brazil last year and had success during the World Cup. According to residents in the area, Uber is a good option because it offers cleaner and newer cars. Politicians and taxi drivers weren’t happy though, they kept pushing and protesting until a decision was made.

The battle is nothing new for Uber, it is facing the same thing in other countries. The service has had success staying for the most part, getting the thumbs up in Las Vegas, NY, and Mexico. But Brazil has met the service with protests, just like France did at one point. The only difference is that the service is now completely gone from France and Brazil is still fighting in every city.

Taxi DriversEven with the recent news of the ban in Rio de Janeiro, all of the cities Uber operates in have registered violence against its drivers. In Brasilia, taxi drivers attacked a private driver who they thought was working for the ride sharing service. In Belo Horizonte, Uber drivers have told authorities that they’re being followed, threatened and even attacked by taxi drivers. Things got out of hand in Sao Paulo, where taxi drivers kidnapped an Uber driver.

The taxi drivers are not happy that they are required to fill out tons of paperwork, take courses, exams, and pay fees to be part of the public individual transportation in the country. Private individual transportation services don’t have to go through the same process. Uber spokesperson Fabio Sabba says the service is doing nothing illegal.


Regulation is a little different in each city. According to Saba, Belo Horizonte has created a group to regulate the ride sharing service. In Brasilia, the mayor has decided to keep the service around by vetoing a bill that proposed to ban it. In Sao Paulo, there are two proposals to regulate services like Uber plus one to get rid of them. After banning ride sharing services, Rio announced that any drivers caught working for them would face a $500 fine.

Uber responded to the ban by saying that Mayor Eduardo Paes left residents with less options and that they plan on taking legal action.

According to drivers of other ride sharing services, Uber cars are now alert for any attacks and are staying out of areas that are considered dangerous. The company plans to keep fighting to stay in the country. Will the other cities follow? Did Rio make the right decision by banning Uber? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Uber just opened in Vegas a few weeks ago. It provides a hi tech, fast efficient and professional service for sure. Uber is a 51 billion dollar company and growing. In sofar as Las Vegas. t is simply the right thing to do. The visitors pay their airline taxes, and contribute to the Vegas economy through taxes on hotels, restaurants, etc. They should never be penalized, as a tourist, they should be welcomed. Uber and Lyft provides, hi tech, fast efficient and professional service for those that choose it. Tourists have a choice of cabs or Uber/Lyft, they have a choice to spend $1000 a night for a room or $59 it is their choice on how much to spend for a ride. Many vets and retired people are now making extra income to supplement their small social security checks. There is enough business for all. Roll out the “red carpet” and exceed every Las Vegas visitor expectations, its the right, fair and equitable thing to do.

  2. Congratulations to all countries with the wisdom to reject Uber’s hype and dishonesty, and tax fraud… Yuk.. more cult HYPE!! We are sick of hearing -bers slick hype -a smooth talking trick to seduce ‘consumers’ who do not understand the crime against them. Uber is a massive non-taxpaying multi-national based in USA but with an Amsterdam address so they cant be taxed- at least here in Oz so far! How much tax has it paid in any country (Did I hear zero?) Is that not tax fraud? The HYPE frenzy (which varies from country to country) – tell your friends and you will get a free ride blah blah. It is like a religion or cult – and what for? That’s right -poor billionaire investors. Of course you would not care that there is NOT room for unregulated competition in regulated countries, as licences are restricted to ensure viability. USA tried taxi deregulation and now it is in a massive taxi mess, as well as overall financial debt it cant service. And, since when are uber drivers ‘professional’? what a joke – just saw where a person with a criminal record easily got an uber licence in USA. Why would most countries ban uber if they had not realised how uncontrollable they are?
    Kick them to the kerb… history will show them a greedy law breaking and very disruptive divisive mega business. Since when will cherry picking jobs do the proper job of the industry? Uber should have offered their ‘innovations’ to the taxi industry and not competed with the taxi industry
    Congratulations to all countries who have seen the light and banned uber!