On March 6, you may find it more difficult to find an Uber, Kapten, Marcel or Bolt driver. The Intersyndicale nationale VTC (INV) called on Tuesday 18 February for drivers to mobilize on 6 March by logging out of the applications. If the movement is followed, you could also suffer financially from this situation. Operating according to the rule of supply and demand, these applications tend to increase the price as soon as demand exceeds supply – in case of rain for example. The INV, which brings together VTC associations and unions across France, invites drivers to a “total extinction of all apps” on March 6. “Unfortunately for customers, prices could be doubled, or even tripled”, recognizes with Business Insider France Brahim Ben Ali who coordinates the movement. And mechanically, the rivals of hybrid bikes, taxis, should benefit from it.
The INV also calls for one-hour rallies from 3:30 p.m. outside Uber’s premises for a “surprise action,” according to a leaflet. Uber has been in conflict for months with drivers. The latter have led since mid-November blocking operations of the platform’s logistics centers, including that of Aubervilliers in Seine-Saint-Denis and the headquarters of Uber France in Paris. Uber has also filed a complaint with the public prosecutor for acts of intimidation and vandalism following these movements. A change in procedures which leads to a suspension of a driver in the event of repeated refusal of a race, depriving him of work, is at the origin of this movement. The drivers also denounce the level of commission charged by Uber, the presence of “false drivers” who use usurpated hybrid car cards, and the absence of a minimum fare for the races. “It’s a precarious job, we need social protection,” pleads Brahim Ben Ali.
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According to platform estimates, there are 30,000 VTC drivers in France. Here are the French cities where some of the most popular applications are present, according to their official websites:
- Uber : 20 cities (Avignon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Orléans, Paris, Reims, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg, Toulon, Toulouse, Tours);
- bolt : 4 cities (Paris, Lyon, Nice, Cannes);
- Kapten : 2 cities (Lyon and Paris);
- Marcel : Paris.
In Lyon, 120 Uber drivers filed a request on January 31 to reclassify their contractual relationship with employees.
The self-employed status of VTC drivers and bicycle deliverers linked to platforms is increasingly questioned in France. The Deliveroo meal delivery platform has just been condemned for concealed work following the requalification of the service contract of one of its couriers in employment contract, a first in France.
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