BOGOTA – Hundreds of taxi drivers took to the streets across Colombia’s capital on Wednesday to protest against ride-hailing service Uber, but traffic was not significantly disrupted, transportation officials said.
The Bogota Mobility Secretariat said in a Twitter post that the demonstrations did not have a major effect on the morning commute.
About 1,500 vehicles participated in the protests, the secretariat said.
Taxi drivers want the government to block the Uber app, saying that the service is “illegal” and has put “thousands of drivers in total bankruptcy,” spokesmen for the drivers said.
“We don’t want to block streets, we are going to have a peaceful march,” a driver said during the demonstration in the northern section of Bogota.
Drivers carried signs that said “No more illegal transportation, Uber out,” and “Santos, no more Uber” on the march that wound its way slowly toward downtown Bogota.
Protests also took place in the cities of Pereira, Medellin, Cali, Bucaramanga, Barranquilla, Neiva and Villavicencio, among others.
Traffic slowed to a crawl in some areas and police stepped in when drivers tried to block streets, clearing the thoroughfares.