Regulatory battles accelerate in the peer-to-peer car sector

  • Posted on 30th June 2014
Regulatory battles accelerate in the peer-to-peer car sector

In recent weeks there have been numerous regulatory developments in the peer-to-peer car sector. The ongoing regulatory battles of Uber and Lyft, in particular, are grabbing the headlines and have illustrated how this is an area in which the regulatory environment is far from settled. The disruptive business models of such companies, all underpinned by advances in technology, are forcing…

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London protest against Uber symptomatic of global backlash

  • Posted on 10th June 2014
London protest against Uber symptomatic of global backlash

Tomorrow’s protest against Uber, by an estimated 12,000 London taxi drivers, looks set to cause considerable disruption and have a significant negative economic impact too.  Figures suggest that the protest could cost London’s economy as much as £125 million (see tonight’s London Evening Standard).  The controversy centres on an app provided to Uber’s drivers – separate from the one used…

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Colorado set to become the first US state to pass statewide ridesharing regulation

  • Posted on 21st May 2014
Colorado set to become the first US state to pass statewide ridesharing regulation

A bill regulating ridesharing services is expected to be imminently signed by Colorado State Governor John Hickenlooper.  This would make him the first US State Governor to sign into law such a bill.  Whilst California was technically the first State to regulate the industry (its rules were created by the State’s Public Utilities Commission), Colorado’s rules are set to be…

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London black taxis plan protest over car service Uber

  • Posted on 8th May 2014
London black taxis plan protest over car service Uber

London black-cab drivers are planning to cause gridlock in the city to protest against car service Uber.   The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association complains that Uber’s drivers are using a smartphone app to calculate fares despite it being illegal for private vehicles to be fitted with taximeters.   Transport for London has declined to intervene, because it disagrees that there…

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