Tuesday, December 31, 2013

French Cabbies Show What A United Taxi Trade Can Do....by Jim Thomas.

January 1st, 2014, the Parisian Taxi Commission implement the ’15-minute law’.

The 15 minute law will take effect, requiring smartphone Private Hire apps to wait at least 15 minutes, after customers order a ride before a pick up can be completed.


Paris has a long history in the Taxi market and the number of taxis in Paris has remained relatively unchanged since 1950. When Paris taxis want to flex their muscle, they need only block all major roads and highways in order to get their way. This is made relatively easy as all representative groups, drivers, owners and associates belong to one body...the Paris Taxi Commission.

Uber founder Travis Kalanick has tried to expanded his brand in Paris but has come up against a united Taxi trade, probably the best represented divers in the world.

The ’15-minute law’ is not news to most. We heard earlier this year that the decree had been proposed. After the initial shock of such a law set in, it seems that PH companies with apps such as SnapCar, LeCab, Chauffeur Privé, as well as Uber, spoke with the Minister of Transportation and had convinced the group in charge of the decree to include a clause stating that the law would only apply to users who had signed up in the past 24-48 hours. 

This would rendered the decree useless, as there is no way to verify on sight, when a passenger signed up for the service, nor do new passengers make up for a large percentage of daily users on chauffeur apps. But even so, the licensing authority considered the inclusion of said clause. 

In the days leading up to the announcement about whether the decree would be put in place, it seems the Paris Taxi Commission threatened once again to block all major thoroughfare unless the caveat to the decree was removed and the decree enacted as originally announced.

Just the threat of action was all it took and now we find ourselves here - looking at a precedent about to be set in France, which has encouraged the preservation and tradition of  their historic industry.

Vive la france, vive la différence, vive l'unité.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's what mr Bond suggested I think in London.

All groups sign up to a statement of intent and agree to support action.

It's so simple really, however petty politics as Eve get in the way, let make it our new year resolution.

TAKE THE INITIATIVE!

Anonymous said...

That's what mr Bond suggested I think in London.

All groups sign up to a statement of intent and agree to support action.

It's so simple really, however petty politics as ever get in the way, lets make it our new year resolution.

TAKE THE INITIATIVE!

LCY Len said...

There you go just the threat of road closures by the taxi trade makes the government of France back down.
I shouldn't think for a moment that the system of backhanders and promises of seats at the top table is any different in France to what it is here. Yet over there it seems, someone with enough clout realises the folly of pushing their luck too far and risking the wealth of the country as opposed to risking the wealth of a few businessmen.
We can make our own government take notice and get them to see things our way, it'll only take a couple of hours work one Wednesday morning.
Just one thing though, does anyone know what it is we actually want exactly?? By that I mean something that works for both Yellow and Green badges, because all I seem to see on here is conflicting agendas. Unity to fight the powers that be is one thing, but it's wasted if there is still the them and us mentality amongst the two badge holders. The myth that ALL yellow badge drivers were working out of their area needs to be dispelled and the greens should take some responsibility for not wanting to take fares to the nearest suburbs and therefore creating a void filled by the few who did.
Thing is, both yellow and green want the same thing inasmuch as we both want to keep our living and not watch it get taken away by big business, surely we can stop squabbling long enough to agree a compromise to suit us all.
Don't know about anyone else but my kids need feeding and a roof over their heads, I'm not gonna sit back and do nothing.
What are you gonna do when your house is repossessed and your kids are hungry because YOU trusted the wrong people with YOUR future?

Anonymous said...

knock em out len

Ahmed Nurein said...

Green badge and yellow badge holders need to have an agenda which will protect the trade. There are a lot problems facing the Taxi Industry in the UK. For Instance the cost of Insurance for drivers, fares, security and the major one is to have a cap on the numbers of drivers joining. We have a lot of problems in Manchester and the drivers happen to be the Victims of all irregularities. Time is up and we need a change in 2014 on how the Trade operates.

Ahmed Nurein said...

Private Hire Drivers Awards 2014.

Anonymous said...

AS far as I am aware, all that Yellow badge driver want/wanted is to be able to work within the framework of the law. Unfortunately, a large number of London taxi drivers are ignorant of the law, some believe they are above the law by stopping Yellow badge drivers from working the whole of the London borough of Hillingdon and accepting pre-booked work as the law allows.
21,500 London licensees and their representatives have allowed the private hire industry a free reign to expand and in the same process have suffocated their Yellow badge colleagues from their legal rights.

What will the New Year bring to the taxi industry, well by the looks of it a free for and big businesses flex their financial muscle, that’s unless the Law Commission treats London as a special case!

Dee Ranged said...

Special Case?

With our leadership it's more like a basket case!!!,

Cab4now said...

Any large PH operator in London could bring any area to a standstill if they wished. They prefer not to.

Ask yourselves why? And if that is really the best course of action.

Joe Frrame said...

Cab4 now,

Because they don't need to, the sweatshop brings in all they need.

Remember the PH association does not represent drivers only operators.

What do you suggest to further our cause?

LCY Len said...

Cab4now said...
Any large PH operator in London could bring any area to a standstill if they wished. They prefer not to.

Ask yourselves why? And if that is really the best course of action.

Your point highlights how weak PH is and how strong we are. We could stop London as a whole simply because we come from all parts of it and can cover the lot. PH firms as you say can only cover a particular area, so it's not a matter of preference that they don't force any action, it's because it would barely be noticed by anyone outside the area being protested in.