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US News Uber defends itself - and criticizes reform of the transport service market

12:41  22 february  2021
12:41  22 february  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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The coalition wants to facilitate market access for new transport service providers. The taxi industry fears massive competitive disadvantages. At the center of the criticism is Uber.

Uber wehrt sich. © LDprod / shutterstock Uber defends itself. The driving service broker Uber has rejected allegations of social dumping and at the same time criticized the planned reform of the passenger transport law in Germany. Uber Germany boss Christoph Weigler told the German press agency: “The amendment is symptomatic of how difficult Germany is with digitization. It does not serve the interests of consumers. There is not much left of the good intentions in the coalition agreement. "Germany threatens to fall behind with a" backward regulation "in international comparison.

Weigler is one of several experts at a hearing in the Transport Committee of the Bundestag this Monday on the federal government's bill.

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The coalition wants to facilitate the entry of new providers into the taxi and driving service market, which are usually ordered via app. Existing offers are currently running on the basis of an experimentation clause. However, there is sharp criticism of the reform - both from the new providers and from the classic taxi industry.

Obligation to return should be abolished

"Above all, adherence to the obligation to return inhibits investments in modern mobility offers in Germany," said Weigler. “That is bad , especially for mobility in the country. The obligation to return is antiquated. ”


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The obligation to return for so-called rental cars without an order states that vehicles from these agents must return to the company headquarters after every trip and, unlike classic taxis, not on the Waiting for customers on the street. In principle, the obligation to return should be retained. According to the draft law, loosening of long distances should be possible, but this should be determined by the municipalities.

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The taxi industry had strictly refused to abolish the obligation to return. The industry is also demanding improvements to the draft law. During protests on Friday, the Berlin taxi guild criticized that the Union was planning a license for Uber.

Weigler defended the price system at Uber: “We stand by a demand-oriented price and the system of supply and demand. If you go on vacation in midsummer, the flights are also more expensive than in the off-season. In the past it has also happened that the price doubled or tripled. That was a mistake and it's long gone. ”

Uber boss distances himself from social dumping

The Uber Germany boss also rejected allegations about social dumping:“ We respect and respect the social standards in Germany and, through cashless payment systems, improve compliance with the Social and tax laws. The drivers are also employed by the business partners we refer to, and they are subject to social security contributions and generally earn significantly more than the statutory minimum wage. We therefore cannot understand these allegations. ”

Baden-Württemberg's transport minister Winfried Hermann (Greens) recently said in the Federal Council that there were no“ anti-dumping ”rules in the draft law. It must be prevented that there is only one winner of the reform, namely the "Ubers of this world", who have no social standards, but flood the streets in the cities.

Weigler went on to say: “Above all, we need to have a debate about how we can achieve a decrease in the number of private cars in inner cities. That’s just going under. ”Dpa

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