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  • A taxi driver using a traditional Mexican wrestler's mask takes part in a march to protest against the private taxi company Uber for alleged unfair competition, in Mexico City on May 25, 2015. Thousands of taxi drivers protested across the Mexican capital to demand the government to take action against Uber, while the company retaliates by offering free transport in the city. AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Taxi drivers take part in a protest against the private taxi company Uber for alleged unfair competition, in Mexico City on May 25, 2015. Thousands of taxi drivers protested across the Mexican capital to demand the government to take action against Uber, while the company retaliates by offering free transport in the city. AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Taxi drivers take part in a protest against the private taxi company Uber for alleged unfair competition, in Mexico City on May 25, 2015. Thousands of taxi drivers protested across the Mexican capital to demand the government to take action against Uber, while the company retaliates by offering free transport in the city. AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Taxi drivers shout slogans during a march to protest against the private taxi company Uber for alleged unfair competition, in Mexico City on May 25, 2015. Thousands of taxi drivers protested across the Mexican capital to demand the government to take action against Uber, while the company retaliates by offering free transport in the city. AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • A taxi driver using a traditional Mexican wrestler's mask takes part in a march to protest against the private taxi company Uber for alleged unfair competition, in Mexico City on May 25, 2015. Thousands of taxi drivers protested across the Mexican capital to demand the government to take action against Uber, while the company retaliates by offering free transport in the city. AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Taxi drivers take part in a protest against the private taxi company Uber for alleged unfair competition, in Mexico City on May 25, 2015. Thousands of taxi drivers protested across the Mexican capital to demand the government to take action against Uber, while the company retaliates by offering free transport in the city. AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MEXICO-TRANSPORT-TAXI-UBER-PROTEST
  • A taxi driver using a traditional Mexican wrestler's mask takes part in a march to protest against the private taxi company Uber for alleged unfair competition, in Mexico City on May 25, 2015. Thousands of taxi drivers protested across the Mexican capital to demand the government to take action against Uber, while the company retaliates by offering free transport in the city. AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Police in riot gear march on a highway as thousands of taxi drivers blocked the main streets in Mexico City, Monday, May 25, 2015. The Mexican taxi drivers' union called for a protest against unlicensed and UBER taxis working in the city. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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Mexico Taxi Protest
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  • A man holds a sign the reads in Spanish "Uber Out" in front of a phalanx of riot police as thousands of taxi drivers blocked the main streets in Mexico City, Monday, May 25, 2015. The Mexican taxi drivers' union called for a protest against unlicensed and UBER taxis working in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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Mexico Taxi Protest
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  • A taxi cab drives ahead of a march with a sign painted on the passenger window that reads in Spanish "Pirates out" during protest in the streets of Mexico City, Monday, May 25, 2015. The Mexican taxi drivers' union called for a protest against unlicensed and UBER taxis working in the city. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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Mexico City is proposing regulations that would allow Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing apps to operate, while requiring drivers and cars to be registered, the city's Office of Legal and Legislative Studies said Friday. The proposed regulation also calls for such companies to pay into a fund for transportation infrastructure. The city would create an app for licensed taxis and help pay for their GPS technology.

The regulation so far does not specify what Uber and other app-based drivers would have to pay to operate. Licensed cabbies have staged protests demanding authorities arrest Uber drivers and seize their cars.

The Organized Taxi Drivers of Mexico City have pushed the city to regulate or ban Uber, saying it's unfair that its drivers avoid costly licensing and inspections that taxis must undergo to operate. On Friday, spokesman Daniel Medina emphasized that the proposal is still under construction and the organization continues to meet with city officials, including on Friday.

Uber, meanwhile, said it is not against regulation. "Regulation that allows us to continue to provide service that is quality, safe and efficient," said Luis de Uriarte, Uber spokesman for Mexico and Central America. "We don't want them putting up any obstacles."

The regulations must be approved by Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera. Medina said he expects all groups will come to an agreement for complete regulations sometime in the next two weeks.

Uber has had multiple instances of legal issues in recent days, including two executives being arrested in France and the service being suspended there.

The AP contributed to this report.


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