Taxi drivers want to protest this Friday against easier market access for competitors like «Uber» and «Free Now». A motorcade with around 500 vehicles is planned.
It is to start at noon at Brandenburg Gate and lead to the CDU headquarters on Klingelhöfer Straße. The Union is planning a carte blanche for Uber, criticised the Berlin Taxi Guild. It warned of the creeping death of the trade.
Government wants to change passenger transport law
The federal government had decided to amend the Passenger Transport Act in order to open up the driving service market for new mobility providers. There is opposition from the Greens and the Left, among others. There are always protest marches by taxi drivers. They are organised by a group in social media, the professional organisations support them.
Fewer taxis in Berlin
After years of increase, the number of taxis in Berlin has dropped significantly in 2020. In December, the number of taxis was around 6,900; in January, it was a good 1,000 more, as the transport administration answered a question from Tino Schopf (SPD).
Carsharing is growing in Berlin
Competitors also include rental car services such as WeShare
and Share Now. Last year, around 1,000 rental cars were added across Berlin, and at the end of the year there were just under 4,600 in total. Since 2016, their number has almost tripled.
Last edited: Friday, 19. February 2021 11:59 Uhr