Uber has reacted to plans by transporters‘ body Confederation of Authorized Operators and Transporters in Romania (COTAR) to protest starting April 16, unless the Romanian Government adopts an ordinance to eliminate piracy and unauthorized activities in transports, including UBER services.

“Uber is open to any debate that can lead to the legalization of services it offers in Romania. As we have said before, we are the first to ask for regulations, but regulation that does not halt innovation and that defines services like UBER in a correct manner, in agreement with European Commission recommendations,” Uber representatives said in a statement.

“Uber is not a cab service – it is a mobile application that allows people to share their car in exchange for a rate in a transparent way, secure and a hundred percent fiscalised. Uber and its partners contribute millions to the budget and offers a service used with trust by over 250,000 people in Romania.

“The COTAR initiative, based mainly on disinformation, is equivalent with the attempt to de-invent internet, to the advantage of some and the disadvantage of tens of thousands of people. One cannot stop technologic innovation just because, with it, one is also compelled to evolve. If for COTAR the interests of transporters and cab companies are a priority, for Uber Romania the satisfaction and safety of people that move within the cities are a priority.

Last year Uber Romania reported a 300 percent increase of the number of users because it offers a safe, civilized and easy to use service. All these are possible due to technology. A technology used by 95 percent of Romanian young people, meaning the most active segment of the population, a technology they trust and recommend,” the statement reads.

“We stress again that we want to be a partner of the authorities to solve the issue of traffic in large cities- we have the technology and the data to do this,” Uber representatives said.