The vote of the second presidential round, on December 19, established several milestones in our country, from the election of the youngest President in the history of Chile, to the high number of voters who went to the polls: more than 8 million 300 thousand people.
This figure is the highest in percentage since the establishment of the voluntary vote, about 55% of the electoral roll, more than the voters of the first presidential round or of the plebiscite for a new Constitution.
Perhaps for this reason, since there was no point of comparison, the planned operation of the bus system of the collective locomotion of the capital was surpassed by high demand, resulting in citizen complaints that later would lead the transport authority to acknowledge its disagreement with the operation of the Red system (ex Transantiago).
Transport apps: And the law?
With pride I must say that, faced with this situation, digital transport apps stood up. In the case of DiDi, not only was the scenario foreseen by summoning a greater number of driving partners, increasing the regular operation of a Sunday by 40%, but also discount coupons were delivered, which were used in one of each four trips, so that users could travel to the voting centers and could fulfill their civic duty.
However, not everything is cause for celebration. Digital platform companies (EAT) or transport apps have been waiting for more than five years for legislation to regulate us. Despite the fact that today we are legal companies that pay taxes (VAT on digital services), there is no legal regulation that protects our operation or our driving partners, who can be faced with audits and fines as they are not regulated.
It turns out, then, paradoxical that a legal system, but not regulated, has saved the day on such a relevant date for our country and for democracy, and that, at the same time, the car can be taken away from the driving partners if they are caught by authority.
I believe that we have demonstrated the positive impact, not only on the mobility of Chileans, but also on the pockets of all those who freely decide to generate profits through these platforms and who at moments as important as these decide to contribute a little of sand to your neighbors.
We call on the authorities to resume the processing of the bills that regulate both the operation and the labor aspects of those who provide services through transport apps, and who are being held in both the Chamber and the Senate.