The same morning when Amsterdam radio-circuit TCA and Dutch taxi-association KNV Taxi launched a complaint with the Amsterdam police against the illegal UberPOP-service in The Netherlands, frustrated by the lack of activity against the app by Dutch police and government, EU capital Brussels seemed to open the door for apps like Uber(POP) and Djump. Mobility minister Pascal Smet launched sweeping changes in the taxi market.
Friday, Brussels Mobility Minister Pascal Smet presented his new Taxi Plan, which was approved Thursday by the Brussels government. It aims at a customer-friendly and reliable service for small-scale remunerated passenger transportation – in this case taxis and TNC’s.
A “legal framework of technological innovation” should avoid “social dumping” and offers (banned) TNC’s like UberPOP and Djump a regulated entry on to the Brussels transport market. During his press conference minister Smet insisted that this would not mean “a legalization of UberPOP”.
In a joint press release Djump and Uber welcomed the new legal measures of the Brussels government. At the same time the local taxi sector was angry it had not been involved fully in the decision making process of the ‘Taxi Plan’ and about the admission of UberPOP to the Brussels taxi market. The taxi trade, invited by Brussels Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort for a special presentation of the plan, boycotted this meeting. Tuesday March 3 will see the next large taxi demonstration in Brussels. During the press conference minister Smet indicated there was still a ‘margin of dialogue.’
- The Brussels taxi plans are hotly discussed at taxi ranks.