Dockless Bike-Sharing: the next regulatory quagmire

  • Posted on 15th August 2017
Dockless Bike-Sharing: the next regulatory quagmire

This summer, Londoners will have noticed the addition of new bicycles parked in various locations across Britain’s capital. Closer inspection of these bikes reveals that they are ‘oBikes’ – a bicycle which you can unlock with an app on your phone and use at very little cost, without the need to park at docking stations. This is the premise of…

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Short-term tourist accommodation – 10 points for inclusion in the European Commission’s sharing economy guidelines

  • Posted on 21st April 2016
Short-term tourist accommodation – 10 points for inclusion in the European Commission’s sharing economy guidelines

The European Commission will soon publish a set of best practice guidelines for the regulation of the sharing economy. The purpose is to support the growth of this emerging sector and also to address any regulatory imbalances that have emerged across Europe in the context of the single market. The guidance will also outline how existing EU regulations should be…

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Sharing Economy in the Party Conference spotlight

  • Posted on 2nd October 2014
Sharing Economy in the Party Conference spotlight

With the news on Monday that the UK Government has announced an independent sharing economy review, to be led by Love Home Swap CEO Debbie Wosskow, and also the recommendation last week from Labour Digital in its Number One in Digital report that the Government should “conduct a review the rules and regulations surrounding the sharing economy”, it is evident…

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Sharing economy in cities: moving towards a more inclusive urban future

  • Posted on 1st July 2014
Sharing economy in cities: moving towards a more inclusive urban future

The sharing economy makes headlines daily: from anti-Uber protests across Europe to Airbnb’s recent £5.9bn valuation, new start-ups entering the private sector are offering more things to share (or rent, swap, borrow or barter) and more ways to do so.   Quietly and gradually, however, a parallel evolution is taking place in the public sector. While it doesn’t end up on the front…

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