German taxi and PHV association BZP reminds politicians in every state of the important role of taxi services
On June 11, the German Taxi and Private Hire Association (BZP) will be kicking off a country-wide campaign to ‘preserve the taxi industry.’ This campaign follows a series of large demonstrations in main German cities over the past weeks. These campaigns were aimed at the country’s politicians and at the general public.
With vigils in all 16 states in Germany the association now wants to draw attention to the deregulation threat to taxi industry. “The planned changes to the Passenger Transportation Act would mean the end for the taxi industry,” said Michael Müller, President of the German Taxi and Private Hire Association (BZP).
Why the many local vigils? The amendment to the existing law also requires the Federal Council to vote. “That is why we are setting up vigils with small groups of people outside the state chancellery in all federal states over the next few weeks in order to point out the dangers of affordable mobility in town and country.”
The taxi industry is bound by the tariffs set by the municipalities. “That’s pure consumer protection,” said Müller. “That’s why Uber & Co. are now attacking the industry with dumping tariffs. The small taxi companies cannot possibly burn so much money in order to compete. They are also not legally allowed to offer their services below the officially approved tariff. As the price continues, it is clear: this way the taxi will disappear, Uber and Co will take over the market and then dictate the fares. That these tariffs will then be significantly higher, examples from other countries are already showing us.”
The only protection for consumers, according to the BZP, is the obligation for private hire to return to its operational base before accepting new trips. This obligation was previously enshrined in the Passenger Transport Act. Should these providers no longer have to return to their company headquarters after carrying out a trip, as planned by the Federal Ministry of Transport, competition would be seriously undermined. Operators like Uber and Co using private hire would then have all the rights and no obligations: “Fair competition looks different. Should this become law, then the disaster for the taxi industry is inevitable,” said Müller.
- German taxi and PHV association BZP reminds politicians in every German state of the important role of its services.