Het lijkt er op dat een blogpost van Eurocommissaris Neelie Kroes over het verbod van taxi-app Uber is verwijderd. Uit het oogpunt van transparantie: dit is ‘m.
Update: Blogpost staat nog wel online, maar met een andere url.
I am outraged at the decision today by a Brussels court to ban Uber, the taxi-service app.
The court says Uber drivers should have €10,000 fines for every pick-up they attempt. Are they serious? What sort of legal system is this?
This decision is not about protecting or helping passengers – it’s about protecting a taxi cartel. The relevant Brussels Regional Minister is Brigitte Grouwels. Her title is “Mobility Minister”. Maybe it should “anti-Mobility Minister”. She is even proud of the fact that she is stopping this innovation and protecting this cartel.
It isn’t protecting jobs Madame, it is just annoying people! Tell her what you think by tweeting to @BGrouwels or sending feedback here.
And how is this going to work? Are the police now going to spy on our phones to see when we are making Uber booking? Are we going to bankrupt people and send them to jail for trying to support their families with income as a driver? As if the police in Brussels don’t have anything better to do.
Many licensed taxi drivers – the ones with open minds that I have spoken to– realise Uber is also a way to get more passengers for themselves, to develop good relations with regular customers.
I’ve met the founders and investors in Uber. My staff have used the service around the world to stay safe and save taxpayers money. Uber is 100% welcome in Brussels and everywhere else as far as I am concerned.
If Brussels authorities have a problem with Uber they should find a way to help them comply with standards.
It’s not like the current system is working … take a moment to consider the 23 recent gang-rapes of women by people posing as taxi drivers. You would think the taxi industry would be more worried by that damage to their reputation than by the threat of competition from Uber!
What was the advice then to female passengers? Call a taxi by phone instead of hailing one on the street: good idea, but what is wrong the people with people doing that via Uber?
Slamming the door in Uber’s face doesn’t solve anything.
It sends a bad anti-tech message about Brussels, which is already in the 4G dark ages.
People in Brussels are modern and open, they should have a chance to use modern and open services!