Contract driver proposal gets final approval

Lawmakers approved on a second and final vote Wednesday the much debated change in the commercial code that eliminates the concept of porteadores and changes them to transporte especial de taxi.

For years porteadores and taxi drivers have taken turns protesting and blocking streets and highways. The proposal that was approved had been the result of extensive negotiations. Basically the former porteadores must comply with more of the requirements for operating a taxi, including insurance. They still will be carrying fares from point to point on contract and theoretically not competing with licensed taxis.

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