Mendoza becomes first Argentine province to approve law authorising Uber

Ride-hailing services become legal in one of the 23 provinces in Argentina for the first time

The Senate in the Argentine province of Mendoza approved the provincial Mobility law yesterday.

Legislators voted 24-14 in favour of the law which allows digital platforms that offer transport services to operate in the province, such as Uber or Cabify. These services can now start to operate normally in the province, according to Infobae.

The law stipulates a number of terms including that drivers must not work for more than 8 hours straight or 12 hours in the same day, guide dogs are allowed to enter a vehicle with people with visual impairments and that cars should be no older than five years old unless they are electric which can be up to 10 years old.

Businesswoman opening car door

If drivers do not comply with the law they can be suspended from the platform for up to two years. It also says that the digital platforms should include a system for users to evaluate each driver and that if users determine that a driver doesn’t achieve the minimum required score, then the driver should be removed from the platform.

Lastly, the drivers and online digital platforms will be responsible for any damage or harm that comes to users during the service.

There was opposition to the law as taxi, remises (long-distance taxi) and school transport drivers protested against the legislation, according to Diario Uno.

Mariano Otero, Uber’s General Manager of the South Cone, told La Boca Abierta: “We are very excited about the government’s decision and the consensus reached by Mendoza lawmakers. This new law opens the door to all people looking for complementary mobility solutions and economic opportunities in the province. We will work to help generate these benefits, to the province’a and its international presence. We are convinced that we can do it and hope to be in the province soon.”

On Twitter, Uber’s Argentine account congratulated the Mendoza government for approving the new law. “We are convinced that we can contribute to the development of the province,” posted the company.

Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, also praised the Mendoza government:

Uber currently operates in Buenos Aires although the courts have ordered the company to stop and even asked internet service providers to block the ride-hailing service online.

Image sources: Cabify

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