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Less constraints in planning: Free(re) drive for Uber & Co

Uber, Lyft, Moia - in many cities, new train services a thread in the road. The Shuttles are subject to previously strict conditions - that's about to change. The Taxi industry raises the Alarm.

Federal Minister of transport, Andreas Scheuer (CSU) wants to liberalise the hard-umkämpfen car service market and requirements for new offerings, such as Shuttle-services. The vertices for an Amendment to the passenger transport act, available to the news Agency dpa.

Concrete is to be disposed according to the vertices of the so-called obligation to Return a rental car. So far, the car of the Chauffeur to return to the services after each trip to the main location and may not accept any orders on the go.

At the same time, it is in the corners, reserve it "makes sense, certain areas of the taxi market".

taxi driver protest in Berlin in 2014 against the competition from the Internet.

Several passengers in a car

another key point, that the so-called pooling prohibition for car rental is likely to be repealed. This means that providers should, in future, be allowed to provide pooling services so passengers with similar Start and finish the collection. This mainly aims at strengthening of services in the rural areas.

On the car service market, there are a variety of new offerings. To do this, rental car companies, travel service intermediary, and Shuttle services. Also, car companies are pushing into this market. You want to convert in the long term, mobility service providers.

the taxi industry sees itself threatened

The taxi industry has warned, in view of the plans of the Minister of scouring in front of a massive impact. "For the taxi industry, the proposed Changes would be a disaster, said Thomas Grätz, managing Director of the German Taxi - and rental car Association, dpa. Scheuer would make the taxi industry "flat".

"would be the abolition of the obligation to Return a rental car for the taxi company existence-threatening," said Graetz. "Car hire services with a Chauffeur could then freely in the inner cities circles in search of customers."

Even if certain areas, such as airports or train stations would be reserved for Taxis - would be the only difficult to control, feared the taxi business.

the approval of consumer advocates

in Contrast, Marion Jungbluth, transport expert at the consumers said the Central Association of modern mobility services should not be withheld from the consumers longer.

"While in the cities, buses and trains overflowing, driving in rural areas, hardly a public transport service. Ridepooling, travel services, or digital-bookable Rufbusse - everything helps to secure mobility for the people in a sustainable manner, should, in principle, be allowed."

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