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Brazil's lower house approves bill to regulate cab-hailing apps

This bill, which will allow local government to institute laws, now awaits clearance from the President

IANS  |  Brasilia 

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Brazil's lower house of has approved a law to regulate such as Uber, and 99, allowing local governments to institute rules for these services within the regulations of the National Traffic Code.

The bill, now awaiting presidential approval, was passed on Wednesday night after nearly two years of debate in the Congress, and aims to regulate operating in the country, reports news.

"Individual private paid which does not follow the requirements of the future law and municipal regulations will be considered illegal," the Chamber of Deputies said in a statement.

Local governments will have to ensure drivers who use these apps pay relevant taxes and for passengers, apart from enrolling themselves in the country's social security system.

Certain requirements in the bill will, however, be in force throughout the country, including the age of the vehicle, and a driving license that would specify if the owned the car or was a paid employee.

The also ratified an earlier decision by the to remove the requirement that must have a red license plate and that the must own the car.

First Published: Thu, March 01 2018. 14:08 IST