by David Abrahams on 14 Mar 2019
This week's Top 3: Madrid calls for car sharing firms to share data, Uber settles last UberPOP case, latest stats on EU transport.
Representatives from four car sharing companies (Car2Go, emov, Wible, Zity) met with the Mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmena last Thursday at her invitation. Following the meeting, it was reported in the press that Carmena has asked the companies to share with the administration relevant data on their users and the journeys that they make within the city. For their part, the companies requested to have reserved parking places in the city assigned to them. This pressure for sharing data with cities and regulatory bodies is an increasing trend across the sharing economy and was a key demand of a recent UK parliamentary committee report on MaaS adoption.
Uber has settled its last court case in the Netherlands related to its UberPOP service, which saw non-professional drivers offering ride hailing services in several cities across Europe. Uber has agreed to a settlement of €2.3 million to end a dispute around the violation of Dutch taxi law. In its statement Uber said that it has "changed its way of doing things" and that is is "committed to being a good partner of the Dutch cities."
The European Commission published its 2019 briefing on "Current Trends and Issues" in the EU transport sector, with detailed statistics and critiques of transport infrastructure and policies in all 28 Member States. This is an annual report and does not receive much fanfare, but it will make interesting reading and a valuable reference point for anyone looking to develop their transport business in the EU.
This is a weekly note from Inline Policy's Mobility Policy and Regulation Team, it covers the top three developments in the regulation of on-demand transport in Europe. It covers taxis, ride-sharing, car sharing, carpooling, bikes, e-bikes, scooters, shared mopeds and anything else that's relevant to the sector. If you'd like to receive this direct to your inbox then please enter your email address below:
David’s is an experienced public affairs practitioner with a background in competition regulation and a particular focus on technology, mobility, telecoms and internet infrastructure. He leads Inline's mobility practice.
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