German transport minister desires to welcome Uber, others by 2021

FILE PHOTO: German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer addresses a information convention in Berlin, Germany, November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) – Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer desires to open the German market to automotive pooling providers supplied by Uber and different corporations by 2021, Focus journal reported Saturday.

Scheuer informed Focus in an interview that on-line taxi providers and pooling providers may assist present important providers in rural areas, and he wished to vary present rules to allow their operation.

“We will create new prospects, particularly in rural areas and for older folks, with automotive providers and pooling techniques,” mentioned Scheuer, a member of the Bavarian conservatives. “That could be a big alternative.”

Present regulation bans drivers from accepting contracts instantly from people, reserving that proper for taxi drivers licensed by native authorities.

“I’m towards bans and limits. I’m for incentives,” Scheuer informed the journal. “We will’t simply exclude a service supplier.”

On the similar time, he mentioned, taxi providers would clearly be affected and their pursuits additionally needed to be considered.

Germany has been a troublesome marketplace for Uber given the strict regulatory atmosphere. The corporate’s app permits customers to order licensed taxis in Berlin and Munich, and Uber has mentioned it hopes to have a presence in each main German metropolis by 2020.

Uber operates in lots of components of Europe, however affords totally different providers, relying on native rules.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Modifying by Andrew Heavens

Author: Maxwell C.

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