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.
However, 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.
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Not 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?