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Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 188

by BasilBrush (#49778293) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

Beg to differ all you like, having lived in one of those countries most of my life and another of them for a number of years, I'm not impressed.

Certainly it affects all those things. The drivers get a decent wage, the schedules and routes mean they run all day, and often all night, when purely commercial operations would not operate outside busy hours and routes, and unlike the unlicensed systems you mention, they tend to have stops with electronic countdowns to when the busses are due.

In Britain they partially "deregulated" the busses in the 1980s, and the services got worse and more expensive.

As I said, your opinion is prejudice, not reality.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 188

by BasilBrush (#49778125) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

Convenient, yes. Cheaper, depends. But don't dismiss the importance of having the price quoted before the journey - that's a BIG attraction.

I'm afraid you've committed a classic systems analysis mistake - letting your preconceived idea of a solution affect your requirements (or use cases).

Again, it's got fuck all to do with the cost of licenses. Uber uses drivers with badges where the law already allows for their technology to be used.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 2) 188

by BasilBrush (#49776301) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

"It's not a matter of saving the taxi-license cost."
Yes it is. That's the whole point.

I'm afraid you have got the wrong end of the stick.

No country outlaw the use of mobile phone application to call a cab. Some Uber services (Uber black) even use licensed drivers.

Yes they do. For example London. However London also has the quite separate "private hire car" category, who are not entitled to pick up hailing customers from the street or use taxi ranks. That's the group Uber operate in there. Paying the appropriate fees.

That's the issue. Uber operate quite legally, within the system, where their system is permitted. ANd they use civil disobedience where it isn't.

It's not about refusing to pay for badges.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 2) 188

by BasilBrush (#49776269) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

"New mobile phone app services" are allowed everywhere in the world. They just have to get their taxi license like everyone else.

That's not true. Taxi legislation often specifies how the taxi service is operated, such that specific taximeters and manufacturers/service companies are mandatory.

Comment: Re:The cab drivers... (Score 1) 188

by BasilBrush (#49776213) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

Solution? Either make this startup pay for tokens and get insurance for them and do everything YOU have to do, or have the token system abolished and make it so you don't have to have insurance to work AND make the startup compensate you by refunding your token for you as a requirement to enter the market and compete with you.

No, that's a false dichotomy. You can change the law so that mobile phone driven taxis are legal within the system, whilst still leaving the system restricted to badge owners. That's exactly how Uber operate where I am. Perfectly legally, because there is a category of licensed hire cars that doesn't exclude their technology.

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