Thursday, April 05, 2018

Uber to suspend service in Greece after new legislation

Ride-hailing service Uber said on Thursday it would suspend its licensed service in Greece after the approval of local legislation which imposes stricter regulation on the sector.
Uber, which operates a licensed service in the Greek capital, has faced opposition from local taxi drivers who accuse it of taking their business.

"New local regulations were voted on recently with provisions that impact ride-sharing services," Uber said in a blog post. "We have to assess if and how we can operate within this new framework and so will be suspending uberX in Athens from next Tuesday until we can find an appropriate solution." 
Uber operates two services in Athens: UberX, which uses professional licensed drivers, and UberTAXI, which uses taxi drivers.

The new regulations require each trip to start and end in the fleet partner's designated headquarters or parking area, something Uber does not do. A digital registry of all ride-sharing platforms and their passengers will also be created.

The company launched in Europe in 2011, angering some local authorities and taxi drivers who said it did not abide by the same rules on insurance, licensing and safety.
Following widespread protests, court battles and bans, Uber has taken a more emollient stance under its new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, suspending operations in various cities in order to comply with local regulations.

UberX launched in Athens in 2015 and more than 450,000 people have used its smartphone app to book a ride. News of the new regulation last year angered some Athenians and tens of thousands signed a petition launched by Beat - a local ride-sharing service - in favour of ride-hailing services.
UberX drivers have to be employed by fleet partners such as car rental companies or tourist agencies and their cars could not be more than seven years old. 

The data registry and return-to-garage requirement will only apply to ride-hailing services like Uber and Beat, while taxi drivers will be able to use cars that are up to 22 years old.

Source Reuters 


colin said...

Meanwhile in London Uber looks to a bright future as it will probably be the only place outside the Usa to operate,Tfl are still on course to remove the Best Taxi service in the world as they & senior Government ministers see Britain's future as a pound shop,low wage grim future Country.

Anonymous said...

John Mason more or less told you thick bastards what is going down. But you just can't work it out, can you. Jim not too bright dim. Ffs

Rob said...

TfL's method of operation is quite clearly to allow the licensed fleet of cabs to be whittled down to less than half its present number. They obviously decided some considerable time ago that having in excess of 25000 hackney carriages was not in their interest. Their thoroughly obdurate and pernicious approach in achieving this ambition is woefully obvious. They see the trade as being top heavy with older drivers 'set in their ways'. Their belief is that only the newest drivers will undertake the daunting financial burden of the electric cab (either renting or buying). These 'young bucks' fairly naive in their first few months/year won't have become so worn down by the interminable traffic 'khanage',the near impossible road closures/pinch points /CSH etc .They may have come from quite unsociable/ menial employment, dare I say minimum wage ( or at the other end of the scale perhaps retirement from the police / fire service and are looking to 'top up' !!). To them ,for a short while at least,this is manna from heaven. They simply don't look at a watch for 10/12 hours and apply leather to their backside. The older driver meanwhile is suffocating under the ever increasing newly imposed bureaucracy, for example wondering why was something so simple like the three yearly licence made into such a kafkaesque Performance. Two tests a year on cab (plus a visual). Possibly outsourcing medicals to a a TfL affiliate so they can further pull your panties down and bend you over. Is it any wonder a considerable number of older drivers have left the trade/ in process of leaving trade/ returning to former trade/part time working on cab/ waiting for cab to run its plate out on 15 yr rule and then moving to Norfolk!! TfL want us reduced substantially with a 'few ' that can still be pushed out on their ' London is the coolest city in the world' mantra along with pictures of the London eye a routemaster and the Royal family.

Anonymous said...

better get used to the fares uber charge shannon,when the taxi trade is extinct these fares will be the norm not surge pricing as now.