2/5/2014

French Court Lifts 15-Minute Hired-Car Delay

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France's constitutional court has overturned a three-week-old government rule that attempted to shield the country's taxi operators by requiring alternative car services to wait 15 minutes before responding to a call, Bloomberg News reports.

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France's constitutional court has overturned a three-week-old government rule that attempted to shield the country's taxi operators by requiring alternative car services to wait 15 minutes before responding to a call, Bloomberg News reports.

The court said the mandatory delay was "illegal on the general principle of freedom of commerce and industry."

The government decree was in response to traditional taxi operators, each of whom pays about €200,000 ($270,700) for their license. The drivers have objected to independent on-demand services such as Uber, many of whose drivers use their own vehicles.