Passenger transportation: taxi industry and Uber criticize reform plans


The taxi industry criticizes the planned reform of the driver service market in Germany. Although there is no draft law from the Federal Ministry of Transport, announced the federal association taxi and rental cars on Monday already “considerable resistance” on. However, the reform does not go far enough for the transport service provider Uber.

Job market

  1. Vodafone GmbH, Unterfoehring
  2. DLR German Aerospace Center, Bonn

According to Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) had representatives from the federal and state governments last Friday “a broad consensus” found in the modernization of passenger transportation. “We are now rapidly drafting a law”it was said.

Accordingly, the Finding Commission wants to strengthen so-called on-demand services, remove obstacles to regulation and keep a fair balance between modes of transport. The controversial obligation to return rental cars should therefore be retained. This stipulates that, unlike taxis, rental cars have to return empty to their company headquarters after each trip.

Little trust in Andreas Scheuer

The taxi industry described the key points as “sometimes very abstract” and added: “However, we have little confidence that the draft from the Ministry of Transport under Andreas Scheuer will be better.” It is criticized that the obligation to return only remains in the name. In addition, the taxi tariff will be abolished. “This is not about a careful opening of the tariff, but about the complete elimination of the tariff if the taxi is called via a taxi center or an app”, the association wrote and announced: “We don’t simply sacrifice 250,000 jobs to the profit interests of the so-called platform providers. They have nothing in common with the common good.”

The main platform provider, Uber, also criticizes the agreement. “Although pooling may be permitted under extremely strict conditions and subject to the approval of the responsible municipalities, the obligation to return for rental cars should remain – and this is very explicit -“, wrote Uber Germany boss Christoph Weigler in a guest contribution for the Tagesspiegel. In his view, the obligation to return prevents the electrification of vehicle fleets. “Car rental companies are not ready to use an electric car that has to be plugged in after a maximum of 200 kilometers if 100 kilometers of the range are covered for state-prescribed empty trips”, wrote Weigler.

For the Uber boss, the obligation to return is particularly important in rural areas “Mobility killer”. However, the taxi industry fears that, like in other European countries, it will soon be outside larger cities “virtually no more taxi companies” gives.

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