Minicab drivers to protest new law in Paris

The app 'Uber' on a display of a smartphone in front of a taxi.
The app 'Uber' on a display of a smartphone in front of a taxi. Joerg Carstensen/dpa/AFP

The ongoing taxi wars in Paris show no sign of abating as private minicab (VTC) drivers are set to protest a new law on Monday. Earlier this year, traditional Parisian taxi drivers jammed traffic to protest against what they said was unfair competition from private hire minicabs (Véhicle de Tourisme avec Chauffeurs).


But now it is the VTC drivers who say the new rules will dramatically chip away at their earnings and threaten their livelihoods.

Drivers from private hire car firms like Snapcar, Chauffeur-privé, LeCab, Allocab, and Supeshuttle will gather on Place Vauban in the seventh arrondissement on Monday in a bid to press the breaks on the new government laws.

However, the National Assembly has already given them the green light as the government hopes it will end bitter traffic snarls seen earlier this year.

Under the new laws, VTC drivers are required to return to a private garage or to the company’s office in between each journey, banning them from parking on the side of the road.

Taxi driver unions said this is already part of the law, but that VTC drivers don’t respect it.

They will also be banned from employing G.P.S-enabled smartphones – used by Uber – while traditional taxis are gearing up to use it in the future.

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