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4 — London’s idiotic attack on Uber
5 — There’s no need to mourn the loss of Uber’s London license
6 — Uber’s London woes show the need for a taxi app owned by drivers
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Uber perd le droit d’opérer à Londres. Et en France ?

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Par Geraldine Russell - 29 novembre 2019 / 06H30

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Uber n’a plus le droit d’exercer à Londres

Les faits

L’autorité des transports londonienne a annoncé, lundi 25 novembre, avoir refusé de renouveler la licence d’exercer de la plate-forme de réservation de voitures Uber dans la capitale britannique. Uber n’est « pas apte » à détenir une licence à Londres, a déclaré Transport for London (TfL) dans un communiqué, en raison de défaillances qui mettent « en danger » les passagers. La licence d’Uber à Londres expirait ce lundi à minuit. La société californienne a aussitôt annoncé qu’elle ferait appel de cette décision, ajoutant qu’elle continuerait de fonctionner jusqu’à ce qu’une décision définitive soit rendue. Lire l’article du Monde

Why it’s so difficult for Uber to crack down on driver impersonators

Le focus

Officials in London said on Monday they won’t renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, citing a “pattern of failures,” such as unauthorized drivers taking the wheel in at least 14,000 trips. Driver impersonation is a recurring problem for the company around the world, one that has proven difficult to solve. The problem came from a “change to Uber’s systems” that allowed people to upload their own photos to authorized drivers’ accounts, Transport for London officials said, effectively letting them bypass Uber’s checks to make sure the right person is driving the vehicle and making it impossible for passengers to see that anything was amiss. That meant the trips weren’t covered by insurance and some drivers weren’t licensed at all, with at least one having previously had a license revoked by the transport agency, according to officials. Lire l’article de FastCompany

Uber’s Europe Business Is at Risk After London Revokes License

Le risque

“One of the more significant risks” for Uber comes from dangers to its licenses in major markets like New York and London, Loop Capital analyst Jeffrey Kauffman said in a note on Monday as he cut his price target for the company to $41 a share from $48. “In the long run, we expect that Uber will be operating in London, although we cannot rule out the possibility of periods of uncertainty.” Lire l’article de Bloomberg

London’s idiotic attack on Uber

Le point de vue

The real lesson here, though, is that Uber was right to never ask permission to operate in the first place. Instead of being polite and requesting that they may be able to provide rides, they simply read the regulations and then went ahead and did it. The bet being that they could get large enough, fast enough, that the political opposition to their existence would be overwhelmed by the customer base demanding they be allowed to stay. This denial of the London license underlines the importance of that strategy. Uber’s base strategy, let’s go do it and dare them to stop us, is so obviously the correct one. For in the absence of millions of London consumers gaining their desired rides from the company, they never would have been granted permission to start the service. Or, if you prefer, the only way to break a politically-imposed monopoly is to appeal to the masses, not the political process. Lire la tribune du Washington Examiner

There’s no need to mourn the loss of Uber’s London license

Le contre-pied

Let’s remember that Uber is popular with customers not because it’s a flagship of libertarianism but because it’s dirt cheap; and with drivers because it’s a ready source of income however mean the net hourly rate. And that’s the problem at the core of its model. In the decade since its inception, Uber has used billions of investor dollars to subsidize a strategy designed to destroy full-fare competitors in city after city; passengers have never paid anything like the economic cost of their ride. Lire la tribune de Spectator

Uber’s London woes show the need for a taxi app owned by drivers

La conclusion

If TfL really wanted to get serious about ensuring Londoners have access to “fit and proper” riding-hailing services, it could take the more ambitious step of helping to set up a driver-owned alternative to Uber. This is not as strange as it might sound. When regulators in Austin, Texas decided to run Uber out of town, local drivers set up their own app called RideAustin. In 2017, the New Economics Foundation launched a project called CabFair which sought to create a driver-owned alternative to Uber in London. These alternatives should not come as a surprise. Co-operative structures are popular with drivers as not only do they make economic sense, they also give workers a greater say in how the systems which they rely on are run. Lire l’article du Guardian

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29 novembre 2019 / 06H30
mis à jour le 29 novembre 2019
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