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European taxi drivers to protest Uber and similar firms

Published on Jun 11, 2014 6:33 AM
Transportation app Uber is seen on the iPhone of limousine driver in Beverly Hills, California, on Dec 19, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Taxi drivers in several European capitals will protest on Wednesday against what they see as unfair and illegal competition from app-using car services such as Uber which have shaken up the taxi industry.

From London’s black cabs to taxis in Rome, Paris, Berlin and Milan, chaos is expected in key European cities as traditional cabbies protest a rise in unlicenced drivers and chauffeur services that are chipping away at their client base.

California-based chauffeur car company Uber is the main target of the drivers’ ire, but it is only one of many new smartphone-dependent car services seen as bypassing strict regulations faced by licenced drivers.

“Uber is deliberately not respecting regulations and on top of that has significant financial means,” said Serge Metz, chief executive of France’s Taxi G7.

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