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Uber Returns to Barcelona

Uber Returns to Barcelona
Written by Olivia

When it comes to getting around, Barcelona is not short of different modes of transportation. There is the bus, the night bus, the metro, the tram, and of course, my personal favorite, bicing. But what happens when you are out too late, can’t walk to a metro or can’t find a bus stop, and late night taxis are just too expensive? As an American, those are the moments when I wish that

But what happens when you are out too late, can’t walk to a metro or can’t find a bus stop, and late night taxis are just too expensive? As an American, those are the moments when I wish that Uber was an option here in Barcelona.

uber_3400073bHowever, after a seemingly unified global outrage amongst taxi drivers all around, it was hard to imagine that Uber will be able to resurface as the same company that is replacing the service of cab drivers worldwide.

Well, seek and you shall find, because after much controversy and dispute, Uber is on its way back to Barcelona, this time with some legal justice in respect to taxi drivers.

Our neighbors in France recently fined Uber, an international success worth between almost 60 to 70 billion dollars, to pay 1,2 million euros to the National Taxi Cab Union because of failure to communicate the norms and regulations to their drivers. France has had former problems with Uber, and have already had to get rid of their app, Uberpop, as there was a very fine line that was becoming blurred when it came to the legalities of this app. This is when one begins to question, will the taxi industry become obsolete? Or will they just reform or even conform to the rules of Uber in order to maintain their monetary means?

New invention in Uber

Uber is putting up a good fight. With the latest invention and addition to their app, they will now have sensors that are able to track the speed at which their chauffeurs are driving. Another question is, doesn’t the government, not just in Barcelona but as a collective unit of leadership, promote the eco-friendly idea of car-sharing? There can be arguments raised in favor and against Uber, but ultimately it aids in the reduction of a chauffeured fare and consequently, emissions, by the promotion of sharing cars.

Related article: Uber Is Launching A Food Delivery Service In Barcelona

1-n5p7wD7AuHh8Y_VCyY29fgNot only does Uber offer car-share services, but this company is monopolizing the take-out and delivery industry as well. Uber Eats will deliver from only two restaurants at a time, and the consumers are only allowed to choose from two dishes and the set menu of the day at the restaurants according to El Pais. OK, so not an entire monopoly, as their are restrictions and modifications, but people are actually making a livelihood off of this app.

Either way, despite bans in Spain that were administered in 2014, Uber is back on the streets of Barcelona, just to deliver food as fast, secure, and efficiently as possible. The idea is that if Uber cannot transport passengers, why not keep them fat and happy?

About the author

Olivia

Olivia is an international Business Management student in Barcelona. She has American blood and an international spirit.

4 Comments

  • In Barcelona already near to 11000 taxi available and also we have bus tram night bus and local trains and the population of Barcelona metropolitan is round about 2 million . So there,s no need uber in Barcelona because uber company have non professional driver and the driver of TAXI BARCELONA are professional because before appearing for taxi driver exam they have to go first language exam castellano and Catalan and then they also have to study for IMT exam for cab driver . Regarding fares I will like to tell you that taxi Barcelona is cheaper than taxi of Paris London Frankfurt Amsterdam Roma .
    So there no need of uber here in Barcelona .

  • Actualy mostily people don,t know how to use app application moslty aged people so ubar is solution pepblam for them…but one suggestion uber should start but with spacific timing …which is to need …

  • We need competition, my experience with Uber is very good. They have lovely cars, their drivers are smart with good manners. You know in advance how much they charge and you don’t need cash. On the other hand with the taxis if you don’t go far enough they don’t look very happy and make you feel uncomfortable.( tienen cara de vinagre).
    There is room for everyone and the taxis have to modernise themselves.

    • Hello Isabel,
      Thank you for your opinion and for sharing your experience with both Uber and regular taxis.
      Kind regards,
      Daniella

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