Uber and Lyft, the popular car service based on smartphone apps, may be available for residents and tourists in Las Vegas and possibly the entire state of Nevada as early as Labor Day, September 7, 2015, while there were reports of massive protests against their expansion in France. On Thursday, June 25, violent protests broke out in France amid the expansion of the in demand app-based transportation network. The nationwide taxi drivers strike led to traffic tie-ups which closed access to essential transportation systems in Paris.
While France protests, the state of Nevada is gearing up for the new ride-sharing industry. By Labor Day, residents and tourists can expect vehicles provided by Uber and Lyft on the streets of Las Vegas and Reno. The act signed by Nevada State Governor Brian Sandoval allows a service that links passengers with drivers by means of a smartphone app for a reasonable price.
Uber was founded in 2009 as an American international transportation network company (TNC) and has its headquarters in San Francisco, California. At last count, Uber services were available in 300 cities worldwide and is present in 58 different countries. With the trend catching on, Lyft was launched in 2012 as an American TNC and is also based in San Francisco. Lyft services about 65 U.S. cities and has plans to expand both domestically and internationally.
To adhere to the recently approved state bill, the Nevada Transportation Authority permitted emergency regulations that were conditional to the application process. It has been reported that it will take the silver state roughly two months to outline new ride-share regulations, organize workshops on the new laws, adjust the standards and finally accept the system. The popular app-based car services like Uber and Lyft may finally be available for residents and tourists in Las Vegas as early as Labor Day, September 7, 2015, while there were reports of massive protests against their expansion in France.
Meanwhile in Paris, France, numerous taxi drivers used their cars to stall traffic. As the protests got violent, many Uber cars were overturned. The police stepped in, wearing riot gear and fired tear gas shells in an attempt to disperse the crowd, halt the protests and bring normalcy across the city. Tourists were seen carrying their luggage as they walked along the highways trying to reach Paris Orly International Airport. Uber says it services close to 400,000 customers per month in France and has had an extremely hard time with resistance from the European market resulting in bans, restrictions, and protests.
With its presence in over six continents and in close to 300 cities, Uber, in many places around the world, remains a source of tension, despite the fact that it has expanded considerably across the U.S. As it has become a favorite transportation option for American commuters, cab companies have tried to stop the popular new program. However, violent protests have not yet broken out in the U.S. so far. Apart from Europe, there are huge tensions in India regarding the app-based cab services. Taxi driver unions and associations have stalled the transportation in cities like Mumbai and Delhi by calling for a complete strike against the expansion of such services.
The authorities in India have given in to the demands of these taxi driver unions for now and have started taking strict action against app-based car services. Uber cab drivers are being penalized by the traffic police in Indian cities who themselves use the app service to fake the cab hire. Once the drivers show up in their car, they are being penalized by the same traffic cops. The popular app-based car services like Uber and Lyft may finally be available for residents and tourists in Las Vegas as early as Labor Day, September 7, 2015, while there were reports of massive protests against their expansion in France.
By Ankur Sinha
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