Uber, is it over? The rivalry between taxis and car service company Uber tookajor turn this Monday as the French government decided, through a new law tightening regulations for chauffeured rides, to ban low-cost transport service UberPop from France, Paris included, starting January 1, 2015. Uber has not responded yet to this decision.
The US company Uber, which allows users to summon unlicensed private taxi-like services (mostly normal people driving their own car to make money on their spare-time) from their smartphone app, has been under the protest of French taxi corporations complaining they have been competed unfairly (licence, taxes) with strictly regulated taxi services for months.
UberPop illegal means a better visitors’ security, according to the French government
On Monday December 15, Paris taxi drivers -which were protesting a court decision taken on Friday not to impose an emergency ban on the UberPop service- blocked roads around Paris’ main airports, causing 49 km of traffic jams as they drove slowly into the city this morning.
UberPop will now be illegal in France; a French government spokesman said it’s a big step forward for passengers’ security now that unlicensed and uninsured drivers cannot pick up clients anymore. A subjective point of view on this car service that could be seen as a bit excessive though as no major incident has occurred since UberPop got launched at the beginning of 2014.