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January 2015


It is every individuals responsibility to ensure that the Company You Choose to take care of your transfer needs are providing you with a safe; secure and protected (insurance wise) manner.

Make sure that all the necessary required Road Transport Permits are valid; Insurances are in place and that you Know that the Company offer reliable Drivers to transfer you.

The French article was published in December 2014 in France. Subsequently the same Company was discussed in the in article from IOL on January 2015 and then again in the Sunday Times (11 January 2015) where even the South African Leg of the Company came under scrutiny.

We as South Africans need to do our part in ensuring that the Public Transport Solution that is current in South Africa; remain controlled;safe and reasonable.

We are lucky to have the freedom of choice; but with that comes a responsibility toward yourself.  Whomever you choose...just follow the basic guidelines.


Many happy travels!


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"Au revoir Uber: Controversial taxi service to be banned in France from the start of 2015

  • Uber's UberPOP service is banned in France from next year
  • New law tightens regulations on unlicensed taxi drivers in France
  • UberPOP is a peer-to-peer carpooling service offered on Uber's app
  • Uber services now banned in several European countries and in India

PUBLISHED: 11:27 GMT, 15 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:48 GMT, 15 December 2014

Taxi company Uber's low-cost carpooling service, UberPOP, is set to be banned in France from January next year, the government said.

The ruling comes after hundreds of taxi drivers blocked roads around Paris to protest what they claim are its unfair business practices.

Drivers blocked the roads heading from the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, then inched toward the French capital in their latest protest of the ride-sharing company.

Un appy: Uber's low-cost carpooling service, UberPOP, will be banned in France from January 1

The new law tightening regulations for chauffeured rides will effectively ban the UberPOP service as of January 1st, Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman for France's Interior Ministry, said.
'Currently, people who use UberPop are not protected if there is an accident. So not only is it illegal to offer this service but for the consumer there is a real danger,' Brandet told the BFM television network.

France is the latest of several places where Uber has faced challenges to its service, which matches people seeking rides with drivers through a cellphone app.
Traditional taxis say Uber has an unfair advantage because its drivers don't face the same requirements, insurance and taxes.

On Friday, a French court stopped short of banning the company but ordered Uber to make changes, including omitting 'all mention suggesting it is legal' for its drivers to act like taxis — that is, driving around and waiting for clients.

French motorcycle police escort striking Paris taxis which take part in a demonstration over the Paris ring road heading into the capital from the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport

Parisian taxi drivers are fed up with what they see as unfair competition from Uber's UberPOP, which uses non-professional drivers using their own cars to take on passengers at budget rate

New rules: A French court stopped short of banning the company but ordered Uber to make changes
This comes after Uber services were banned in Spain, Holland and the Indian capital New Delhi just last week.


  • UberPOP is a peer-to-peer carpooling service offered through the Uber app.
  • Unlike the normal UberX, which is a taxi with a professional licensed driver, anyone can register their car to UberPOP.
  • The service cuts the normal taxi fare with around 50 per cent.

A Madrid judge ordered Spanish phone companies to block the Uber app while the court examines a case brought by the Madrid Taxi Association last Tuesday.

The court ruled that Uber drivers in Madrid carry out activities that 'constitutes unfair competition', the services said in a statement.

They also accused drivers hired through the app of 'lacking the administrative authorisation to carry out the job.'

The ruling was a 'cautionary measure' adopted while the court examines a case brought by the Madrid Taxi Association, the service said in a statement.

Last Monday, Dutch judges banned UberPOP, from taking bookings via its smartphone app and threatened the company with fines of up to 100,000 euros ($123,000), saying unlicensed drivers were breaking the law.

Bad times: Uber's services have been banned from Spain, Holland, France and New Delhi in just one week

A defiant Uber reacted in a statement by saying it 'will continue to offer UberPOP.'

Also on Monday, the city government in New Delhi banned Uber from operating in the Indian capital after a passenger accused one of its drivers of rape.

Shiv Kumar Yadav, 32, is expected to be charged with raping the finance company employee on Friday night. He was hired to ferry her home from a dinner engagement.

New Delhi Police said they were considering legal action against Uber for failing to run background checks after it emerged the suspect was arrested for raping a woman three years ago but was later acquitted.

Authorities in Denmark and Norway have also filed complaints against Uber.

In Germany, a court in Frankfurt threw out an injunction against Uber in September. Uber was able to resume operating legally in Germany pending a final ruling on a complaint by the taxi federation.

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"More Uber trouble as SA taxis seized

Cape Town - Taxi company Uber, which uses a cellphone application to connect with customers, has come under scrutiny as 13 of its drivers had their vehicles impounded at the weekend.

The service has sparked international controversy, angering local taxi enterprises and raising questions over whether its operations are legal.

Uber spokeswoman Shaden Abdellatif confirmed on Sunday that 13 of its drivers' vehicles had been impounded by Cape Town's traffic services.

The city's executive director for safety and security, Richard Bosman, confirmed the vehicles had been impounded. He said some Uber drivers allowed their friends to operate as cab drivers and when traffic officials pulled them off, they could not produce the relevant documentation. He said he would issue a more detailed statement on Monday.

Abdellatif said: "To use the Uber platform, all drivers need to have a valid PDP, operator's card, roadworthy certificate and be commercially insured. We have our own secondary background check.

"We go beyond the legal requirements. We have also been working with regulators to speed up all the necessary licensing checks.

"We are taking this latest development very seriously. We will continue to work with relevant stakeholders to prove that Uber is helping to shape the future of mobility in a safe way. In the meantime, we will stand by our partner drivers and support them in any way possible."


Uber, whihc also came under fire for charging commuters up to 12 times the usual rate on New Year's Eve, has hit back, saying subscribers had a choice to confirm rides and pricing before boarding the taxis.

After New Year's celebrations last week, a slew of disgruntled Uber commuters took to social media to complain about the taxi company's pricing. Some commuters were charged thousands of rand compared with the few hundred they would pay on a normal day.

Nicky Rebelo was seething after his son Nicholas, 26, was charged R2800 for a 35km trip from Clifton to Muizenberg on New Year's Eve.

"My son was not of sober mind when he accepted the price surge and was therefore not aware of the fact that he was going to have his credit card debited to the tune of R2800."

"How can Uber justify ripping off young people who try to be responsible and not drink and drive? It's outrageous and I'd like to call on fellow South Africans to boycott Uber."

Toni Larkan, from Durban, also took to Facebook after being charged R1151 "for a 10-minute trip from Umhlanga to Umdloti (7-8km)".


But Uber spokeswoman Samantha Allenberg said the dynamic pricing was communicated to users.

"Dynamic pricing is communicated repeatedly to a user - and requires confirmation - before the user can request the trip. It helps ensure that reliability of choice and allows riders to have a choice rather than having no cars available at all."

Uber usually charged R7 a kilometre. According to Allenberg, Uber drivers were independent transporters not bound to exclusivity.

She said because Uber did not employ its own drivers, they had a choice of whether to operate or not at any particular day or time.

"During times of peak demand, when there are not enough drivers on the system, fares algorithmically increase so as to incentivise more drivers to come on to the platform and help reduce demand."

This happened on New Year's Eve and many Capetonians felt ripped off.

Publicist Allison Foat said she was charged R630 for an Uber X ride from Sea Point to Oranjezicht.

The normal fee for Uber X from Sea Point to Oranjezicht is R50.66, according to the Uber quote on their website.

Foat acknowledged that she had a choice to board the taxi and pay the hiked price, but she said she felt the taxi company manipulated their users.

"There is a confirmation of request that has the price of the ride, but for someone who has no cash on them, stranded at the corner of some place after having a glass to drink, you kind of have no choice but to conform."

Foat said she loved Uber and the service it rendered. But she said she felt being charged eight times the normal fee was ridiculous.

"I gave the go-ahead, but Uber manipulated the situation. They could have even charged us four times the normal fee and would have still made profit.

Foat's friend, Allison McGillan, wanted a ride from Uber from Sea Point to Hout Bay and received a quote of R2900 to R3684. The friend opted to use a regular cab and was charged R500.

Cape Town businesswoman Samantha James said her ride from Camps Bay to Somerset West cost her more than R5 000 for a 59km ride."

Sunday Times -"

Article Source : Daily Mail
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Article Source : Sunday Times
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