June 11, 2014
Most Europeans are not a fan of anything American. So it’s no surprise that European taxi drivers are not happy with the San Francisco car service company Uber creeping on their turf.
“Uber cabs are stealing our clients,” said José Losada, 36.
In at least a half-dozen European cities today–including London, Paris and Berlin– drivers have blocked major roads in a show of anti-Uber force.
“We are regulated to death while they circumvent the law,” said a French Taxi driver in an interview to The New York Times.
The European sentiment is very similar to that of the drivers in many U.S cities. They complain that Uber does not comply with local licensing rules and fails to pay the same level of tax that conventional taxi owners and drivers do. According to the article, Uber confirmed that the company paid the required amount of tax wherever it operated in Europe.
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