The shared economy is already making waves in the Czech Republic, as continued demonstrations in the Czech capital about the Uber taxi platform, due again to take place on Wednesday, prove. But the bark is in some sense bigger than the bite it has taken out of the traditional economy or made elbow room for on its own merits.
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.
The prices of apartments in Prague have skyrocketed in recent years, making it almost impossible for many people to find affordable housing in the capital. A group of people united in a project called Sdílené domy or Shared Houses decided to buy a house in Prague, and administer it themselves: not as a traditional tenants’ association, but as a community. In the future, they would also like to create a co-housing network across the country.
The Czech tax authorities are preparing a change in regulations that will
impact those who rent out their properties long-term via Airbnb or similar
platforms, iHned.cz reported on Thursday. In a statement, the Financial
Administration said such services would be taxed the same as accommodation
services or other forms of enterprise, not as rent.
Landlords who earn CZK 1 million or more annually will be required to register as payers of value added tax.
A top level meeting has been convened by the Czech government to try and calm an explosive situation between Prague’s licenced tax drivers and self employed drivers using the Uber application. The hastily convened meeting follows a go slow protest in the capital at the start of the week which snarled up traffic in the centre and to the international airport.
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.