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Germany: Vehicle for hire drivers stage Berlin protest against transport reforms02:33

Germany: Vehicle for hire drivers stage Berlin protest against transport reforms

Germany, Berlin
February 23, 2021 at 15:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Vehicle for hire drivers protested against parts of Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer's proposed changes to passenger transportation laws, in Berlin on Tuesday.

The protest by Uber drivers among others is due to potential demands for a so-called pre-order period. This would require Uber and Lyft drivers to wait for a certain amount of time between a booking being made, and the driver picking the person up.

The traditional taxi industry wants to level out the playing field with companies like Uber and Lyft, who are being blamed for pushing taxi drivers out of business due to the fact they have no minimum rates. The Berlin Taxi Guild held a protest last week protesting proposed law changes as well as protesting against Uber.

The government wants to open the market up for more ride sharing services such as Berlin's BerlKonig, which can pick multiple passengers up from different locations, as well as self-driving ride share companies such as WeShare, while balancing the demands of the traditional taxi industry.

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Vehicle for hire drivers protested against parts of Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer's proposed changes to passenger transportation laws, in Berlin on Tuesday.

The protest by Uber drivers among others is due to potential demands for a so-called pre-order period. This would require Uber and Lyft drivers to wait for a certain amount of time between a booking being made, and the driver picking the person up.

The traditional taxi industry wants to level out the playing field with companies like Uber and Lyft, who are being blamed for pushing taxi drivers out of business due to the fact they have no minimum rates. The Berlin Taxi Guild held a protest last week protesting proposed law changes as well as protesting against Uber.

The government wants to open the market up for more ride sharing services such as Berlin's BerlKonig, which can pick multiple passengers up from different locations, as well as self-driving ride share companies such as WeShare, while balancing the demands of the traditional taxi industry.