Uber gets allies in their fight against the taxi ! Report from the tunbridge wells taxi …
What side are you on ?
New forms of collaborative economy unstoppable advance in a sector such as taxi, reluctant to removing regulatory barriers.
Overcrowding-called Internet of things is creating new forms of commercial interaction between individuals , say the tunbridge wells taxi drivers; the so – called collaborative economy or collaborative consumption, which has also come to the urban passenger transport sector. The carpooling (sharing vehicle) or car sharing (car rental between individuals), are figures that are developed through digital platforms, some as famous as controversial. Good examples of this are the sharing trip or Uber applications.
These new business models emerge from the Net without much consideration of the legal framework and collide with traditional forms heavily regulated as the taxi service or Touring Cars with driver (VTC).
We are faced with two opposing concepts, being undeniably the new platforms that operate more flexible and agile than the traditional Internet business.
But not everything goes. You have to respect the rules of the game just like other market players and not violate the competition rules, an issue that is not being too peaceful, according to the tunbridge wells taxi.
Tunbridge wells taxi speak up !
With regard to carpooling (sharing trip ) we find arguments for their place within our legal framework. We are facing what the law considers “particularly private transportation” to collect two essential elements: transport is strictly satisfy particular needs and not fulfilled the compensation factor. Therefore, without prejudice to broaden this debate, there would be no need to regulate a private network users are agreed to share expenses.
Uber separate issue is the case. In 2014 the start up American UberPOP launched in Spain the application, allowing any particular user “exercise a taxi driver” with his own private vehicle without license or authorization of any transport and charging tariffs per minute and own a professional kilometer.
This platform drew the ire of the taxi industry who managed the interim judicial stay of business based on an alleged unfair competition apparent. Uber learned the lesson. After its initial failure has worked until the recent launch of UberX, a service that operates under the VTC model, with a fleet of own vehicles and their professional drivers, thus meeting the requirements of the new regulation.
The battle seemed to lean slightly in favor of the taxi industry, report the people from tunbridge wells taxi .
However, the controversy has intensified with the arrival on the scene of the National Commission Markets and Competition (CNMC), which recently published a study on ways of collaborative economy in the passenger transport market.The study concludes that current legislation imposes unjustified barriers to entry, which do not benefit consumers and the market in general. On this basis, the CNMC has decided to appeal the decree Uber .
This has to end , say the angry taxi drivers !
However, total deregulation could be counterproductive, since the organization of urban passenger transport sector must be based on a system to ensure the sustainability of cities. The complete elimination of requirements for the activity could cause the collapse of the cities as a result of the massive inflow ofprivate taxi drivers .
Tunbridge wells taxi drivers had enought !
Given the factors pointed and protection of expectations that seem legitimate (do not forget that many drivers have paid large amounts to acquire the requisite license), we think it is inevitable to adapt the sector to technological advances, allowing a progressive entry emerging models. In our opinion, the key to this is, as so often, ensure coordination of the various competent administrations in addressing the necessary regulatory reforms.