Protest against Uber, now in Paris, France! Similar type of protest was seen in Bangalore, India. French cab drivers have obstructed the streets to Paris airports and the all the main ring streets around the city in a huge protest against Uber, provoking riot police to flame tear gas at some.
Protest against Uber in Paris and Marseilles
The drivers set up barricades and set fire on many tyres as a major aspect of an across the country strike against unlicensed cabs. Obstructions additionally showed up around Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence also in southeast France.
Uber, a US based taxi aggregator, has been extending its UberPOP ridesharing service in France regardless of government’s negative nod. Pictures from Marseille and Paris indicated autos toppled and tyres blazing in the road. Several Uber drivers were attacked on road.
Airoports de Paris, the administrator of the French capital’s Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly airports, cautioned travelers to go via train. Access by street and ring roads is totally obstructed the company (Uber) said on its site. With movement at a stop in places, a few explorers strolled at the edge of the motorway to achieve the airplane terminal.
Musical performer Courtney Love Cobain seemed to have been gotten up to speed in the roughness. She tweeted saying her taxi had been trapped and dissidents were beating the cabs with metal bats. She likewise shared a picture of the window of her taxi scattered with egg.
Cab drivers likewise blocked access to Marseille and Aix train stations and challenged on the main access to Marseilles-Provence air terminal. The drivers who need to pay a large number of euros for a permit say they are as a rule unreasonably undercut by Uber, which is not authorized by the laws.
Prosecutors have gotten serious about Uber, recording very nearly 500 legal cases including protests about UberPOP. Around 100 assaults on Uber drivers and travelers have been accounted for as of late.
Numerous taxis drivers are incensed Abdelkader Morghad, a delegate of the FTI taxi uniontold yesterday.
He also said-
[quote_box_center]”We’re requesting that the Thevenoud law, which obviously precludes unlicensed drivers, be banned. There’s an absence of political will to do it”[/quote_box_center]
Why the Protest started and got the spark
The law, which came in effect in October, bans services that place travelers in contact with unregistered drivers. Uber has requested against the guideline, contending that it gives authorized taxis an out of line point of preference. As indicated by Mr Morghad, France’s authorized drivers have lost somewhere around 30% and 40% of their annual income more than two years in light of the fast development of the app based cab service Uber.
The San Francisco based firm says it has a million app users in France, including 250,000 for its basic UberPOP service. Uber likewise works an extravagance service which is not banned. Uber has confronted comparative teething issues in urban communities everywhere throughout the world, with customary cab drivers dissenting against being undercut by the unlicensed company.
However, authorized cabbies have been advised to opt new technology. The Smartphone application based geolocation technology cab service is behind Uber’s huge growth.