North East taxi drivers submit Uber petition

12 February 2016

Taxi drivers in the region have submitted a petition to the European Parliament about the activities of Uber, the mobile ride hail company.

CAUTION, Campaign Against Unlawful Taxis In Our Nation Limited, have submitted a petition to the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament which raises concern about Uber’s position in regards to fair competition, their business relationship with Google, and questions over their receipt of state aid.

CAUTION includes five taxi companies from the region, Blueline Taxis, Walker Taxis, Middlesbrough Borough Cars, Streetcars Taxis, and Dean Taxis, all of whom say their businesses are threatened by the rise of Uber.

Representatives from CAUTION met with Jude Kirton-Darling MEP this week, who sits on the Petitions Committee, to discuss the future progression of the petition and the role of the Petitions Committee.

Uber has run into difficulties in other EU countries, and has been subject to investigation in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and Germany. Various breaches have been alleged, including disability discrimination, where it has been alleged they did not make adequate provision for disabled passengers, as well as potential licensing breaches, insurance breaches, and failing to pay the correct taxation.

Taxi drivers in London brought traffic to a standstill on Wednesday during a protest over Uber, with 8000 drivers blocked lanes the length of Whitehall and stopped much traffic around Westminster and the West End.

Jude Kirton-Darling said:

“The role of the Petitions Committee is to raise the profile of campaigns throughout Europe. 

“It has an important role to play in ensuring that people across the EU have their voices heard.”

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