Prague’s taxi drivers are planning to protest against the ride-sharing
service Uber by blocking traffic in the city on Wednesday. The protest,
organised by the Prague taxi drivers association, will go ahead despite a
call from Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová to revoke it.
Last month, taxi drivers staged a similar protest, blocking traffic to Prague’s International Airport. The association is vehemently opposed to the Uber service arguing that it is unfair competition since Uber drivers do not have to meet any of the demands levelled on the Prague taxi service.
Prague’s taxi drivers are planning another protest action against the
ride-sharing service Uber.The Prague taxi drivers association is vehemently
opposed to the Uber service arguing that it is unfair competition since
Uber drivers do not have to meet any of the demands levelled on the Prague
The protest is scheduled for November 15, though no details have been released. A previous protest against Uber in Prague saw taxi drivers moving at snails pace, effectively blocking traffic along the main route to Prague’s international airport.
The Prague Transport Ministry says it is working to resolve the problem with a new draft law which would put on par a taxi metre and mobile application as well as set down certain ruled for the ride-sharing service such as having compulsory car labels.
The ride-sharing service Uber is back on the road in Brno after the Supreme Court in Olomouc temporarily overturned a ban on its services in the Czech Republic’s second largest city. This is the second time that such a ban has been invalidated by a higher instance court in a protracted battle between Brno’s taxi drivers and Uber.
The high court in Olomouc has provisionally overturned a ban on the use of the taxi application Uber in the Czech Republic’s second city Brno. The ban took effect in July after the city council argued that although it appeared like a regular taxi service, Uber, did not fulfil the licensing and other conditions that other tax drivers were forced to meet. A court still has to give a definite ruling on whether the Uber services can be allowed long term or not.
Taxi drivers launched protest actions in the Czech capital against
competition from Uber drivers on Monday morning.
Groups of drivers staged go slow actions across the city aimed at snarling up traffic and drawing attention to the complaints about unfair competition.
One of the protest actions was focused on the approaches to Prague’s Václav Havel international airport with another on one of the main approach roads from the capital to the airport.
Official taxi drivers say that Uber drivers are not subject to the same payments as licensed drivers are subject to lax regulation meaning that they can undercut them.
Prague’s international airport has warned passengers to give themselves
extra time to reach the airport for Monday’s flights in view of the taxi
drivers’ protest planned for that day.
On its web page the Vaclav Havel Airport administration predicts traffic problems and advises tourists to use city transport instead.
The Czech Association of Taxi Drivers has announced a protest action against the Uber taxi service on Monday in which taxi drivers are expected to slow-down traffic on the main route to the airport.
The police on Monday monitored the latest protest by taxi drivers against
the rival transportation company Uber; no incidents were reported. The
police estimated some 70 taxi drivers took part in the protest which took
place at Prague’s Václav Havel International Airport.
Organizers put the number at 400 and warned that more demonstrations against Uber, which they see as unfair competition, may be held.
Taxi drivers clashed with Uber drivers at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport
on Friday afternoon, iDnes.cz reported. For the second day in a row, they
attempted to prevent the Uber drivers from pulling in at the airport's
terminals and placed English-language signs reading Illegal Transport on
their cars. Police were called out to deal with the conflict.
An iDnes.cz reporter said the taxi men had placed Illegal Transport signs on all cars that were not taxis, including those of ordinary people stopping at the airport.
The mayor of Prague, Adriana Krnáčová, described the taxi drivers’ action as disgraceful and said it attested to their level of intelligence.