Uber is introducing a new rides feature in Brussels called Uber Taxi that allows taxi drivers to offer rides through the Uber app. The company announced this in a press release today.
After the Brussels parliament recently approved the new Taxi plan that aims to unite the taxi and VVC (vehicle rental with driver, ed.) sector in Brussels, all forms of a taxi can now be ordered via the Uber app sounds. Uber calls it “an important step in its ambition to become a multimodal platform that offers users different ways to move around the city”.
“With the new Taxi function, more drivers will have access to the flexible earning opportunities that the Uber app offers,” says Laurent Slits, Belgium director at Uber. “With our matching technology, drivers spend less time looking around for passengers or waiting at taxi ranks, allowing them to spend more time with a passenger in their car. It also enables them to offer their services to a new group of local and international customers that they may not have been able to serve before.”
The news for Brussels follows a series of recent integrations of taxis into the Uber app worldwide. The company has set itself the goal of making every taxi available via the app by 2025.
At the beginning of last month, an international taxi demonstration against Uber took place in Brussels. Taxi drivers from all over Europe protested after the UberFiles revelations of hundreds of cars against what they call Uberization: ‘A catastrophe for social security’.