UBER IS ÜBER THE TAXI LOBBY FOR A SHORT TIME IN FRANCE
The WSJ reported today: "A French court Friday declined to ban Uber Technologies Inc. from operating its service that uses drivers without professional licenses, wining the company time in a key market amid its regulatory battles world-wide." See further.
A new report also has just come out. "Taxi drivers are faster, less safe than Uber and Lyft counterparts, study finds." See here the blog and the link to the report.
The latter report is interesting, since the claim about safety is one of the most often cited reasons by supportters of licensed cabs.
Uber is good for competition, that's obvious. The Hungarian regulators in Budapest have made recently the not very bold step to introduce a high fixed tariff for taxis and obliged the taxi drivers to fulfil many costly requirements. These costs put taxi drivers at a competitive disadvantage compared to innovative newcomers who do not consider themselves bound by these regulations, but believe in customer satisfaction, rating and welfare.