Bucharest City Hall wants to ban online taxi services such as Uber and Taxify. Mayoress Gabriela Firea has recently met the representatives of the transporters, who complained of the disloyal competition of the companies providing online taxi services.
Firea announced after the meeting the Bucharest General Council (CGMB) would pass in its next sitting a draft resolution which will set clear rules for all that are practising taxi driving in Bucharest. More precisely, the new municipal regulation will ban „all taxi services that are not compliant with Law 38/2003 and the Tax Code.”
Among others, the new rules, the taxi operators will be compelled to have a civilized conduct, a proper language, clean cars and to guarantee the passengers’ safety.
According to the mayor’s press release, people and companies which are illegally practising taxi services don’t guarantee the citizens’ safety, as they are not subdued to any legal control.
CGMB will take a decision on the mayor’s proposal these days.
In a press release sent to our editorial office, Uber retorted that applications like Uber, carsharing and taxi services, as long as public transportation means, altogether are solutions to curtail the traffic jam, polution and can solve the parking issue in Bucharest.
“Over 35,000 Bucharesters are counting on Uber for their daily rides and thousands of drivers make an extra income through the application and CONTRIBUTE TO THE PUBLIC BUDGET. We want to discuss the future of the transport industry with the municipality and with other decision makers in the sector to do the best for consumers and for the city. We think the dialogue is the best way to provide Bucharesters with the best transportation services,” Uber Romania officials stated.
Uber also says it is fiscalized and transparent, adding that all Uber rides come with an invoice. “Last year, for instance, 100 Uber partners have contributed by roughly RON 320,000 to the state budget, consisting in VAT, income tax, tax and salary contributions,” Uber Romania pointed out, while adding that its services are different from the taxi ones.
The US transportation company informed that over 15% of its users in Bucharest are tourists, quoting an IMAS survey saying that 1 in 4 Uber users is using his car less since he has Uber at hand.
On the other side, taxi drivers from Bucharest announced they would protest in Victoriei Square on December 13 and 14, to voice their discontent against the unfair competition made by the online carsharing platforms like Uber.
“Are these services authorized, do they have a practise license? Do they observe all legal provisions in the field? Moreover, who keep the 25% of the illegal incomes that have VAT and other taxes and fees? Why won’t they get an authorization in Romania?,” says a press release by the Authorized Transporters and Operations Confederation.