The Commission seems to want to apply the same rules to the same travel services.
Posted by European Commission, the “Urban Transport PackageThis is the EU strategy around digital applications and role of Taxis and of IX with driver at cities. Essentially, the Commission announces its dispositions with specific ones directions to Member States for one modern framework which will encourage sustainability.
Apparently Commission will follow his logic “same rules, for the same servicesThat is, it can not there are 3-hour type bans and 90 euros minimum cost. If this tactic is finally adopted by all Member States then it will change radically the landscape in Greek Taxi market and of rental vehicles with a driver!
As characteristically pointed out in the report: “Cab and private rental vehicles with drivers there are side by side for years in many Member States.
Traditionally, the cab allowed to customers stop on the street or on plates, while there is also possibility of booking a vehicle paying some price.
THE rent a vehicle with a driver on the other hand it is limited only in the reservation method but in some Member States allowed to define the their own charges freely.
The intermediation companies have entered the Buy and has turn out to change the game. The applications based on algorithm and geographical integration allow the “Instant booking”, which means that the races can take place immediately after detention, blurring so the traditional boundaries between the two sectors. In addition, the applications operating with rental vehicle with guide they have default values.
In many Member States, there is dissatisfaction between taxi drivers who perceive him competition from the intermediation companies and characterize it as not fair, as you do not need to follow the same rules as taxis (mandatory shifts, contract obligation, fixed fares).
THE Commission is faced with this challenge and must face these divergent worries, while at the same time they will try to secure safe, reliable and affordable mobility for citizens as well as him congestion mitigation and of CO2 emissions from the field of cab and of road transport.
For these reasons, the strategy for the sustainable and smart mobility stipulates that the Commission I will “consider ways to ensure that custom-made passenger transport (taxi and private rental vehicles) can be made more sustainable and offer effective services to citizens while maintaining the smooth operation of single market and address all safety concerns of professionals and consumers alike. “
In the urban context, the licensing for these services is a key tool used by cities can be used for acceleration of carbonization their.
The Commission in its context urban mobility of The European Union, determines the actions required for ensure that transports at cities support the long-term prosperity of European urban areas, achieve its goals European Green Agreement and her strategy for the sustainable and smart mobility.
They are also defined actions and recommendations for Member States, regions and cities in order to make it urban mobility suitable for future in a particular secure, accessible, without exclusions, affordable, smart, durable and clean environment.
Smart and durable transport services and infrastructure, both for people and for goods, is vital and makes full use of the economic power of all its regions The European Union, to support the Single market, recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and stimulate it future sustainable development.
THE transport sector is also an important factor for employment in Europe. The 2020 transport occupied the EU over 10 million employees and included approximately 1.1 million businesses, which provide services.
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