Quintana Roo wanted to force Uber Eats to submit to applying for permits, obtaining a declaration of sustainability and paying the state a percentage of the total cost of each delivery.
The long-standing discussion on how to regulate Uber and Uber Eats seemed to have found calm with the new mobility law issued in Quintana Roo, but Uber Eats went back to court and has won a temporary victory. Uber Eats won an injunction against the recently approved mobility law, so it will now be able to operate without having to submit to the permit regime and also not pay 1.5% of the total cost of each trip.
The relationship between Quintana Roo and Uber has been strained for at least five years. In the travel mode, Uber won a long-awaited victory last January when it obtained an injunction so that its driver-partners do not have to be considered regular cab drivers under the law.
But, at the same time, a reform was already being negotiated to charge up to 2% of each service, money that should be destined to the Mobility Fund of Quintana Roo.
Regarding the law, the organized delivery drivers of ‘Ni Un Repartidor Menos’ (Not One Less Delivery Driver) declared that it would increase their costs, as well as those of consumers and businesses. “The measure generates a distortion in the value chain, which raises prices and affects the competitiveness of businesses,” they said when the initiative was circulated in January 2023.
For Uber Eats, the new mobility law implies a “barrier to the creation of opportunities for registered delivery partners to continue generating profits,” according to Nicolás Sánchez, director of public affairs at Uber Eats declaration taken up by El Economista. With the injunction, delivery partners should not be obliged to register with authorities and should be able to continue working as they do now.