Saturday December 7, 2019

Government was right to block Uber – but Dublin taxis must up their game

The private ride-sharing company, which has a base in Limerick, has lost its licence to operate in London for the second time due to concerns about the safety of passengers

1st December, 2019

Uber has not received an easy ride from the authorities in Ireland despite basing its EMEA support centre in Limerick, where it is providing over 400 jobs.

Wisely, the government never bowed to pressure to allow Uber offer its full services here, restricting it in Ireland to using just existing licensed taxi and limousine drivers. This effectively limited the whole so-called “disruptive” point of the app-based service, which uses private cars and drivers as an alternative...

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