Are you using Uber? It’s the most convenient and smart way to get a taxi. However, nothing good comes without demerits and challenges. In Kenya, a number of people had different opinions about their services. Well, that was before the company allowed the use of cash and mobile money.
The company wants every car to be an Uber car but other countries hate Uber. This week the company faced major roadblocks in countries like UK, the Netherlands, Australia and Brazil. Majorly, the countries have compact regulations that can not be amended.
Cnet reports that, proposed new regulations for private hire drivers could effectively halt Uber’s operations in the UK, while drivers in New South Wales, Australia, have had their licenses suspended. Dutch authorities have raided Uber’s Amsterdam office for a third time and the mayor of the Rio de Janeiro has banned the service from operating in the city.
Many Taxi firms are offended by the growing taxi-hailing service since they provide services at relatively cheap prices offering a tight competition to established taxi firms. In addition, Uber uses a dedicated mobile App which makes it more reliable. The international crackdown this week is the latest headache for the company, which continues to face regulatory scrutiny and opposition from taxi drivers.
On Tuesday, Rio de Janeiro’s mayor announced that Uber was banned from operating in the city, with unlicensed drivers now facing hefty fines. Mayor Eduardo Paes has said he is willing to discuss with Uber how it could be legalised and regulated.
In the Netherlands, uber offices have been raided three times this year. Uber Technologies Inc.’s offices in Amsterdam were raided by Dutch authorities. The authorities are carrying out criminal investigations into the company’s UberPop ride-sharing service.
“They are suspected of offering taxi services without a permit in an organized way,” Marieke van der Molen, a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor said.
“We are shocked by the fact that 40 of our drivers in Australia had their licenses suspended.” Uber said. Taxi drivers called on the government to take action on unlicensed drivers and ensure they pay the same license and registration fees as other drivers of private-hire vehicles.
In London, a government body responsible for transport in the British capital, published proposals that would make it impossible for Uber to operate in the capital as it does currently and significantly hamper the company’s attempt to bring UberPool, its carpooling service, to the city. The new proposals from the government body include a minimum five-minute wait time for all preordered taxis and the ability to preorder up to a week in advance.
“These bureaucratic new rules will not improve your ride,” said Jo Bertram, Uber’s general manager for the UK and Ireland, in a statement. “They’re designed to address the concerns of black cab drivers, who feel under pressure from increased competition. But the answer is to reduce the onerous regulations cabbies face today – not increase them for everyone else.”
“If the proposals are adopted they will mean an end to the Uber you know and love today.” Uber wrote to its London users. The company asked passengers to sign a petition protesting the proposed changes, warning of mandatory five minute wait times “even if a car is available just around the corner”.
“We understand that black cab drivers are feeling the pressure from services like Uber,” the company said in its appeal. “But the answer is to level the playing field by reducing today’s burdensome black cab regulators — not to introduce rules that will be bad for riders, drivers and London.”
However, London wants to put up regulations for the private hire company, and left the door open to input from the public.
“No final decisions have been made and we’re keen to hear a range of views from the trade and from Londoners too,” said Garrett Emmerson, Transport for Londonchief operating officer for surface transport. The company is set to face many roadblocks since most countries hate Uber.