Rideshare applications drivers stage protest in front of Lower House

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AMMAN — A group of drivers who work for rideshare applications staged a protest on Monday in front of the Lower House, calling on the government to respond to their demands “that have been neglected for a long time now”. اضافة اعلان

Mohammad Abu Mushref, head of the volunteering committee responsible for the rideshare applications drivers, contended that “today’s protest did not bring about any results, and only MP Muhammad Al-Dahrawi showed up and listened to us, while we did not exactly know what was said about the protest in the Lower House”. 

According to Abu Mushref, MP Majid Al-Rawashdeh spoke to the Minister of Transport Wajih Azaizeh who said that drivers’ demands had been addressed.

He added: “The Lower House had two sessions today but no updates were made in regard to our demands.”

“If the demands are ignored for 10 days from now, we will stage a bigger protest in front of the Royal Court; we will not back out and give up on those demands,” he said.

“Why did these drivers stage a protest in the first place? We responded to their demands a long time ago,” Land Transport Regulatory Commission (LTRC) Spokesperson Abla Weshah said.

Weshah added that “the drivers working with ridesharing smart applications first asked for extending the operating life of their vehicles from five to seven years, which we addressed and responded to”.

She said that the LTRC administration council filed a recommendation on the matter to the prime ministry, and “they are proceeding decision with to extend the operating life to seven years, as per the constitutional and legislative channels at the Legislation and Opinion Bureau.”

However, Weshah said the drivers filed a further demand, asking LTRC to extend the operating life of vehicles from seven to 10 years.

Other demands include renewing drivers’ work permits without having to refer to their respective companies, and reducing the amount these companies deduct from their drivers to 15 percent.

“These two demands are related to the contractual relationship between the drivers and the companies they work with,” Weshah said, adding that “up to a certain degree, LTRC could intervene in matters as much as allowed by the regulations and legislations, such as the vehicles’ operating life.”

Jordan News tried to obtain more details from the Uber operating office in Jordan, but it refused to disclose any information or details concerning the drivers’ demands. 

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