Taxi drivers halt traffic in Turkey’s Bodrum after arrest of colleague for beating Uber driver
Taxi drivers, who blocked the road around noon near the Torba intersection, demanded the release of their colleague, while also calling authorities to impose “the Uber ban” in the Muğla province, which Bodrum is a part of.
After 45 minutes, Kablı and policemen convinced the protesters to open one lane of the road.
“Istanbul does not have Uber anymore, but Bodrum has around 1,000 [Uber cars],” a taxi driver told journalists during the protest, describing the mobile service as “pirate transportation that evades taxes.”
“That business is now over. There is no such thing anymore,” he said.
Prime Minister Binalı Yıldırım also said the Uber dispute “is finished” and it is the government’s duty to remove the ride-sharing app’s network.
Since then, the number of Uber cars in Istanbul have significantly decreased.
However, as Turkey experiences a fruitful tourism season, it seems many UBER cars have moved from Istanbul to summer resorts.