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Uber Driver Hiring in France Runs Into a Snag

Excerpt from TechCrunch

Feb 16, 2014 5:00 pm

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Recruiting enough drivers is becoming a key issue for Uber and other on-demand car-service startups, and it could be especially tricky in highly regulated markets such as France.

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Limousine driver Shuki Zanna, 49, holds up his iPhone displaying transportation app Uber as he waits for customers in Beverly Hills, California, December 19, 2013. Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


The conflict between taxi drivers and urban transportation startups in France is not over — the French government has put a stop to new limo driver licenses for the next two months. This decision comes after a strike organized by taxi drivers on February 10. An arbitrer was appointed two days later to find a solution for the longstanding opposition between taxi drivers and so-called black car services.

In other words, startups will have to fight for the same drivers for now — the pool of drivers won’t be increasing. For example, Chauffeur-Privé will have to lure Uber drivers so that they switch to Chauffeur-Privé.

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