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Irina Marica
Senior News & Features Writer

Irina holds a BA in Journalism. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, photography and she is passionate about music (especially Icelandic music), writing and Japanese literature. In the past, she has worked as an editor for an indoor-circuit TV station and also collaborated with several newspapers. You can send her press releases or feedback on her articles by e-mailing [email protected]

Romania’s Competition Council takes Uber’s side in quarrel with taxi companies

The Competition Council believes ride-sharing apps such as Uber helps the clients choose the best price and service offer. Moreover, the institution said the Bucharest City Hall couldn’t ban such services, local Digi24 reported.

The capital’s City Hall plans to change the taxi transport regulation so as to make sure the taxi companies offer the best services. For example, under the new rules, the taxi may be fined if they refuse trips, they are obliged to have a civilized and preventive behavior towards other road users and the control authorities, and to dress decently.

However, the new regulation may also ban apps such as Uber, Taxify, Clever Taxi and Star Taxi. The decision is due to be voted next month, but the Competition Council warns the Municipality that the potential removal of these applications from the market is non-competitive, according to Digi24.

“We are not against systems such as Uber. Like it or not, we can’t uninvent the Internet. Respecting the legal framework, it should allow online apps to continue functioning,” Competition Council president Bogdan Chiritoiu said.

The authority believes that these apps reduce the waiting time of clients and help them choose the best price and service offer.

On the other hand, Vasile Stefanescu, the president of the Confederation of Licensed Transport Operators in Romania – COTAR, said the Competition Council is facilitating “unauthorized, unlicensed activities in Romania.”

COTAR has accused Uber and Taxify of unfair competition many times, saying their activity is not regulated similarly to that of the traditional taxi services. Taxi drivers also staged several anti-Uber protests in Bucharest.

After Uber, Bucharest taxi companies go against taxi apps

Short guide to Bucharest’s public transport, taxis and car sharing services

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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Profile picture for user irina.popescu0
Irina Marica
Senior News & Features Writer

Irina holds a BA in Journalism. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, photography and she is passionate about music (especially Icelandic music), writing and Japanese literature. In the past, she has worked as an editor for an indoor-circuit TV station and also collaborated with several newspapers. You can send her press releases or feedback on her articles by e-mailing [email protected]

Romania’s Competition Council takes Uber’s side in quarrel with taxi companies

The Competition Council believes ride-sharing apps such as Uber helps the clients choose the best price and service offer. Moreover, the institution said the Bucharest City Hall couldn’t ban such services, local Digi24 reported.

The capital’s City Hall plans to change the taxi transport regulation so as to make sure the taxi companies offer the best services. For example, under the new rules, the taxi may be fined if they refuse trips, they are obliged to have a civilized and preventive behavior towards other road users and the control authorities, and to dress decently.

However, the new regulation may also ban apps such as Uber, Taxify, Clever Taxi and Star Taxi. The decision is due to be voted next month, but the Competition Council warns the Municipality that the potential removal of these applications from the market is non-competitive, according to Digi24.

“We are not against systems such as Uber. Like it or not, we can’t uninvent the Internet. Respecting the legal framework, it should allow online apps to continue functioning,” Competition Council president Bogdan Chiritoiu said.

The authority believes that these apps reduce the waiting time of clients and help them choose the best price and service offer.

On the other hand, Vasile Stefanescu, the president of the Confederation of Licensed Transport Operators in Romania – COTAR, said the Competition Council is facilitating “unauthorized, unlicensed activities in Romania.”

COTAR has accused Uber and Taxify of unfair competition many times, saying their activity is not regulated similarly to that of the traditional taxi services. Taxi drivers also staged several anti-Uber protests in Bucharest.

After Uber, Bucharest taxi companies go against taxi apps

Short guide to Bucharest’s public transport, taxis and car sharing services

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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