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Uber ban in Istanbul triggered pirate cab boom, Hurriyet reports

Pirate cabs are proliferating in Istanbul, following a ban on Uber Applied sciences Inc’s ride-hailing operations, Hurriyet newspaper reviews.

Greater than 5,000 pirate cabs are working in Turkey’s largest metropolis, speaking with clients by means of WhatsApp, Hurriyet stated Jan 6, citing a taxi affiliation. With solely 17,395 licensed cabs working within the metropolis of 15 million, demand for cheaper however unlawful cabs is surging, the newspaper stated.

In October, a courtroom in Istanbul halted Uber’s operations on the bottom they created unfair competitors. The courtroom additionally dominated to dam entry to Uber’s cell utility and web site. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had opposed the corporate’s presence in Turkey, likening its automobiles to pirate cabs.

The insufficient provide of cab providers has additionally resulted in a surge in medallion costs. A taxi license plate is bought for two.1mil liras (RM1.44mil), based on Kenan Ticaret, a privately held firm that trades medallions, up 55% from the beginning of 2019.

“We’ve been too exhausting on Uber,” Hurriyet cited Yahya Ugur, the pinnacle of a cab affiliation in Istanbul, as saying. “If cabs had elevated their service high quality, piracy wouldn’t have been so widespread. It’s been a nasty expertise.” – Bloomberg

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