Uber ordered to pay taxi drivers damages in France

10/9/2021 4:38:00 PM

Uber ordered to pay taxi drivers damages in France

Uber ordered to pay taxi drivers damages in France

PARIS: A French court on Friday (Sep 10) ordered ride-hailing service Uber to pay damages to taxi drivers whose business suffered from unlicensed competitors. Uber France will have to pay €180,000 (US$213,000) to 910 taxi drivers and their federation who brought a civil case against Uber for unfair compe

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Uber France will have to pay €180,000 (US$213,000) to 910 taxi drivers and their federation who brought a civil case against Uber for unfair competition, the court ruled.The case centred on the activities in 2014 and 2015 of UberPop, a platform that brought together clients and unlicensed drivers.The companies are seeking an injunction that would prevent New York from enforcing the fee-cap ordinance adopted last month, as well as unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.The business, marketed as ride-sharing, sparked the ire of traditional taxi drivers who felt the new service was threatening their livelihoods with cheap fares.Michael Ellis, Britain's acting attorney-general, will draw up a legal basis for border officials to deploy the new strategy, the official said.They notably argued that non-professional drivers did not have to pay for training, or acquire a taxi licence which in Paris can cost more than €100,000, allowing them to undercut taxis."Those permanent price controls will harm not only Plaintiffs, but also the revitalization of the very local restaurants that the City claims to serve," the companies said in the lawsuit filed on Thursday.Uber France had already in December 2015 lost its appeal against a guilty verdict by a criminal court for misleading commercial practices, and was ordered to pay a fine of €150,000."Over time, there will be more cars, the number of locations you can go to and from will increase, and ever more people will be able to hail driverless taxis.

In its civil case decision on Friday, the court found that passing off untrained drivers as professionals hurt the image and the reputation of licensed taxi drivers.The legislation comes after the city enacted temporary caps on the commissions food delivery companies charged restaurants during the pandemic, when so many of them were forced to close or rely on delivery and carry-out alone."France will not accept any practice that goes against maritime law, nor financial blackmail," the French minister tweeted.The damages payout works out at €192 for each of the 910 drivers, and €5,000 for the Paris taxi drivers' federation.Uber on Friday said that it has not been using unlicensed drivers in France since 2015, and that drivers now had to take the same tests as licensed taxi drivers.The New York City restaurant delivery market is split almost evenly among the major platforms, according to Bloomberg Second Measure, which collects payment data from customers."This is a good decision which will stop other platforms from providing illegal transport," taxi federation president Christophe Jacopin said of the verdict." POLITICALLY CHARGED Charities said the plans could be illegal.Source: AFP/ga.San Francisco has also enacted permanent commission caps on the services.S.

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