“What does the verdict mean for us? We are pleased to say that justice has been reinstated today. Again, a court determined: Uber based its business model on a breach of law. Of more significance is what the verdict means for consumers, since the court has strengthened the Passenger Transportation Act, and thereby also consumer rights. What does it mean for the 255,000 taxi drivers and employees in 700 radio taxi control centres? It means legal certainty. 255,000 real jobs and taxpayers will remain in Germany; they will remain safeguarded by law and will not be replaced by unqualified Uber casual workers. In future, taxis in Germany will remain: safe.”
He added that “It would be a good thing if Uber now finally accepted that consumer protection and passenger safety are being enforced in Germany. It would be a good thing if Uber waives the next judicial instance and ceases to waste court time. Our message is: Uber’s business model is based on a breach of law and is therefore the opposite of progress! For many decades, progress has meant, making the taxi business safe and secure it from greed-driven exploitation. It is no progress to disregard passenger safety and to degrade the qualification of 255,000 trained drivers by replacing them with unqualified casual workers. Neither is there any progress in transmitting taxi drivers’ modest wealth to Uber, Google and Goldman Sachs. It is definitively not progressive to hire cheap stooges with car keys: without permits, without insurance, without a legal basis. Exploitation, extortion and drivers who don’t know their way around – all this is regressive, not progressive.”
And in reference to Taxi Deutschland’s core business: “Real progress is when you can book 55,000 taxis 24/7 with a single app and can pay with a card – for a fixed price, in certified, safe taxis. We took the matter to court today to fight for this progress. And that’s why today is a very positive day.