EventsEventsPodcasts
Loader

Find Us

ADVERTISEMENT

Parts of Paris crawl to a halt as taxi drivers protest against UberPOP

Parts of Paris crawl to a halt as taxi drivers protest against UberPOP
Copyright 
By Euronews with REUTERS
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button

'Operation Snail' crawls to a start in Paris as French taxi drivers protest against car-sharing apps.

ADVERTISEMENT

Parts of Paris crawled to a near halt on Monday (December 15) as French taxi drivers launched ‘Operation Snail’.

Some roads around the French capital and its airports were congested to protest against what the licenced taxi drivers label ‘unfair competition’ from companies such as Uber.

They claim their strictly regulated services are suffering as a result of mobile apps such as UberPOP – advertised as a car-pooling branch of the company.

“We find services like that unfair. We’re against UberPOP, we won’t let them do this to us, so car-sharing companies beware!” said one taxi driver.

“We pay huge amounts in tax and we’re paying the licence, too, which costs some money. We pay for expensive insurance, so it’s not normal that they do whatever they please!” added another.

On Friday (December 12), the Paris Commercial Court rejected a request to impose an emergency ban on this type of service.

However, just ahead of Monday’s protest, the Interior Ministry announced that such car-sharing enterprises, which use mobile phone applications to connect non-licenced drivers to passengers for a fee will be banned from January 1 2015.

Uber’s French branch is currently appealing a 100,000-euro fine for alleged fraudulent business practices. A court found UberPOP was incorrectly advertised as a car-sharing operation, instead of a paid transportation service.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

French hostage Louis Arnaud returns home after two years' imprisonment in Iran

French centre-right leader Ciotti calls for pact with far right in surprise move

100 year old US war veteran marries his 96 year old sweetheart