Uber in Helsinki and fares to the airport…

You may remember that I have been watching Uber and ordinary taxis because I like to see competition. However, the picture got really murky in March when Uber sent me a “contract” where it explained that they only provide an application and not a taxi service. They explain in a densely written contract that they were not responsible for ensuring that the driver has a driving license, correct insurance, and any other legal requirements. This is some kind of joke since passengers have no way of checking these details and they end up paying cash for the trip to a UBER account! Can someone tell me what happens if there is a serious crash – that is the first reason I have stopped using them.

The second reason is that they have increased their prices by some 15% this last few weeks and are almost the same as regular taxis. On weekday mornings, I have seen 100% increases in their price for the airport, way above ordinary taxis. This a competition crusher that we want?

Finally, UBER is still a wild operator that police stop and fine. I have heard that a few passengers have been left by the side of the road. At the same time, passengers are forced to sit in expensive luxury cars when a Prius would do nicely…

The Center Party transport minister has not solved any problems with new proposals. Competition is something that our friends in the Center Party just do not get. They are too accustomed to having their duopolies in banking, dairy products, insurance, forestry and retail and wholesale markets.

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