Sunday, February 09, 2014

Taxi war!

French taxis - and the Parisian ones in particular - are protected by something known as a numerus clausus (closed number) so that they are sure to have enough customers to make a living. There is so much demand compared to supply that competitors (SnapCar, LeCab, Chauffeur-Privé and Allocab )are trying to sneak in and grab a share of the cake, by bypassing this numerus clausus. Taxi drivers are very angry and since they have the power to paralyze the streets, governments have always given in... This time however, they might not win so easily, because their competitors really have the support of the general public.

20 comments:

  1. It sounds like a wee bit of a powderkeg.

    A lovely last light of the day shot... I assume that's L'Arc de Triomphe...

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  2. And using Google View to check, yes it is.

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  3. In the meantime, you've given us this wonderful, twinkly photo.

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  4. So who is supposed to enforce the limit and how ? What a great photo composition !

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    1. The Government... They just appointed a counselor to work on this and come up with a 150 page report in 6 months. Then nothing will happen...

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  5. super shot, stunning Eric ,Merci....did you clime on the top off the Taxi to get this shot??? :-))

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  6. This really is a super composition! Meanwhile, guess I'll continue to rely on public transport and my own two feet. :~}

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  7. Luv luv luv this perspective. Awesome photo, Eric!!!

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  8. It is really an awesome click. I was confused between weather is it Arc De Carrousel or Arc de Triomphe in background. But now I am sure that it is Arc de Triomphe.

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  9. Aside from being a great photo [elegant in its simplicity] we are having exactly the same issues in the U.S. with Uber and Lyft stealing business from the cab companies... and the public also likes the convenience and knowledge of the private cars, too.

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  10. Even on Dutch TV a flash of the Parisian Taxi War. We had this in Amsterdam as well. Didn't solve any problem, only rude taxi-drivers, robbing their passengers money... How well trained are they in Paris ?

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