The EU is planning new rules to govern the relationship between online platforms and the businesses which use them to offer goods or services to consumers. These rules are aimed at online platforms and search engines which rank and present business users’ products to potential customers in search results, regardless of whether the commercial transaction ultimately takes place on the platform or not.
This week's top 3 stories: Autonomous public transport in the UK, shared mobility statistics across the EU and have your say on the EU's mobility framework.
On 13 November in Barcelona at the Sharing Cities Summit representatives from 42 cities across four continents co-signed a declaration outlining principles for how cities should approach regulating the collaborative economy.
This week's top 3 stories: Ford and SEAT get in on the scooter action, Paris invites bids for car sharing schemes, Addison Lee loses its appeal.
This week's top 3 stories: BMW and Daimler get the greem light, Bird launches trial in London, new rise hailing rules in Portugal.
This week's top 3 stories: Report highlights licensing problems for UK taxi and private hire drivers, VW and Intel working on autonomous ride-hailing in Israel, electric scooters to be legalised in Germany.
Buried in the detail of a proposed Regulation from the European Commission was the establishment of an Observatory of the online platform economy. It has now been established and has a broad remit but little power, so far. Is this the foundation of a new EU regulator for online platforms?
Electric scooters are the latest addition to transport options in cities. They are user-friendly, green and increasingly popular with consumers, but in some cities they are causing headaches for policymakers.
In his keynote address to the TUC Congress, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has called for gig economy workers to be given full employment rights. He promised that a Labour Government would go beyond all the “positive recommendations in the Taylor report” and extend sick pay, parental leave, or protections against unfair dismissal to gig economy workers.