Mexico Could Be First City in the World to Limit Uber Cars on the Road

Uber has faced numerous regulatory hurdles worldwide including in Canada, but Mexico plans to take steps further by introducing regulation that limits the number of cars on the road and also imposes minimum standards for vehicles, reports Reuters:

The San Francisco-based company would also have to use vehicles costing a minimum of 250,000 pesos ($15,883 [USD]) that are no more than seven years old, according to the draft plan drawn up by the Mexico City government seen by Reuters on Friday.

While the document did not cite a specific number of how many Uber cars would be allowed on roads, the final decision rests in the hands of the Mexico City transport ministry.

Other regulations would see Uber drivers require permits, while also pay a share of revenue into Mexico City’s transport fund, as detailed in an earlier draft.

Meanwhile, taxi union leader Ruben Alcantara said he would demand Uber cars cost at least 400,000 pesos ($32,337 CAD), when he meets with city officials next week.

Uber public policy chief Corey Owens, said in an interview with Reuters the company opposes any caps on vehicles on the road, saying “Imposing some arbitrary cap on the number of vehicles would simply create the same problems that Mexico City residents have suffered in the existing taxi industry.” He also confirmed no city in the world has capped Uber vehicles to date.

Uber recently had an Ontario court rule in its favour in Toronto, as the Judge dismissed the city’s case to shut down the service.