Uber Returns To Barcelona Two Years Later And Taxi Drivers Respond With Mobilizations
The company offers an intermediation service that connects users with professional taxi drivers in the metropolitan area
The application of Uber is available again from today on Barcelona, with taxi services, shared car or car-sharing and information on public transport in the city.
According to the company in a statement, the application of Uber Is available in Barcelona from 8:00 am today. It offers a taxi intermediation service that connects users with professional taxi drivers in the Barcelona metropolitan area and can be requested from the application of Uber. The price of the trip will be marked by the meter and the user will be able to pay through the application.
Elite Taxi, the most representative association of the taxi sector in Barcelona, has convened a Slow march for next Thursday to protest against the return of Uber, which they consider “illegal”. After holding an assembly, they have announced that the march will begin in the plaza España, it will pass through the Gran Via, will pass through the headquarters of the employer’s association Work Promotion and it will end in front of the headquarters of the Parliament.
The union has labeled as “traitors” the 350 taxi drivers who would have adhered to the offer of Uber and has encouraged to denounce them so that “everyone knows them.” “Violating the tariff regime entails fines of 2,000 euros and the withdrawal of the license,” recalled its spokesperson, Tito Ã??lvarez.
One year after launching the taxi service in Madrid, more than 2,000 taxi drivers have registered on the platform and the number of taxi drivers registered in Uber it has doubled since August.
Uber has held meetings with Elite Taxi, the Barcelona’s town hall and the Generalitat and has committed to carrying out an investment plan for the taxi, betting on the electrification of the sector with discounts to taxi drivers who operate with Uber in certain electric models of Nissan. Also, Galp will make available fuel discounts throughout its network of gas stations and taxi drivers who join Uber will have access to all the coverage of the protection program AXA free of charge, including health coverage and maternity or paternity coverage.
Uber also offers in Barcelona discounted car sharing services and collect information on the metro from Barcelona, buses in the metropolitan area and trains, including the final price of the journey. The user receives real-time information on arrival times, as well as suggestions for combinations to reach their final destination.
After London, ParÃs, Lisboa Y Roma, Barcelona becomes the first Spanish city in which Uber integrates information from public transport services in its application.
Uber is a member of Work Promotion, whose president, Josep Sánchez Llibre, has celebrated that “more and more companies are betting on Catalonia” and that new transport alternatives “coexist harmoniously with traditional sectors”.