Well, Uber is not the only ride-hailing app in London.Does our government have the balls to do it? But for sure, London will not be the last city to do it. It is going to spread like wild fire in Europe and even elsewhere in the world.
I remember one analyst said that Uber wouldnt last for 10 years. Of course it wouldnt die suddenly overnight but step by step, one place at a time. This may be just one of the many steps towards that.
One needs to go and one needs to stay. But which is it going to be?I think many taxi companies in Sg are hoping our government one day to do the same to the two Apps based companies.
'Unthinkable' is a convenient word to argue for anything which is actually thinkable. People who use this arguement should first ask themselves how Lonđon became and remains as the world No.2 financial center long before Uber was born.Why unthinkable for a world without Uber or Grab??? Is not the end of the world...They only create many "Gong Gong" drivers who will stop in the middle of the roads or even highway when they miss a turning n try to reverse instantly.. What a high-tec job they created for us...
Isn't taxi the same re your comment on "runs counter achieving car lite society"?Bro, using private cars as taxis 24 hours a day runs counter to achieving a car-lite city, and
Instead of Protectionalism, I see it as awakening coupled with political courage to put wrong doings right that result in what we are seeing now.I read with interest on the international forum on this topic and most views were that Uber had it coming.They were kicked out of Denmark for similar reasons.How I know? I happened to pick up a Danish engineer recently who's working in Jurong island.Here's what happened during our conversation.
He asked me what taxes and how much did Uber pay to the government in order to operate here.I told him nothing,no licensing fees nothing and they just bought a huge fleet of cars in and started operations.
He looked stunned and told me that the prices for cars in Denmark are only 10% cheaper than to Singapore. Uber didn't have a LCR type of company in Denmark.The Danish government gave Uber 3 ultimatums to adhere to in order to continue their operations there.Pay licensing fees(taxes)as to how a cab company would,install a taxi meter in their cars to prevent undercutting the original taxis and to send all their drivers for proper background checks and licensing similar to the current PHVL that we have.
Uber refused to be recognized as a taxi company to pay the taxes and were booted out instantly.I have a feeling that the world over is now more obvious to how Travis managed to skirt so many legal loopholes to operate unchecked that it's coming back to haunt Uber's new CEO.Judging by the return of protectionism sentiments coming out from the western governments currently,Uber's days appears numbered unless it puts it's hands up and admit that it is just a subsidized taxi service burning wads of investors cash and disrupting markets worldwide.
Will the ongoing corruption investigation by the FBI into it's ASEAN operations involve Singapore too?Allegations of Uber bribing government agencies to gain a foothold of the local transportation markets all over ASEAN? I have always pondered over why Uber was ever allowed here in the first place when most of us knows that the men in white are only interested in bringing in businesses that are extremely profitable to them such as F1 and the casinos.
And finally,will the protectionism sentiments that are currently sweeping over Europe and America blows over to Asia too?
I have replied you but accidentally deleted it. Lazy to rewrite. But the gist was:It appears that some folks here are on the payroll of Grab and/or taxi companies. Just a wild speculation on my part. No offense intended.
Isn't taxi the same re your comment on "runs counter achieving car lite society"?
In the eyes of the authority, every vehicle used to ferry people from one place to another instead of each individual owning his/her own vehicle is in line with the government policy of a car lite society. Whether taxi or PHC, it serves the same purpose as buses and MRT. It is just that the latter two could ferry much more commuters.
PHC is limited by the number of COE being issued and PDVL. LCR obviously would stop buying cars when there is a significant drop in the take up rate.Taxi cos has a strict quota imposed by LTA to buy cars based on economic performance and co's performance, while any private car can be used as PH car and run 24 hour.
The popularisation of PH will not kill people' s desire to buy cars but will fuel it up even more given that it is so easy to convert a private car to a PH car to pay for the cost of ownership now.