There has been a steady decline in the number of taxis across the country. In some areas of the country - particularly in rural areas - it is no longer possible to order a taxi. At the same time an unregulated and illegal taxi market has grown rapidly forward - first and all represented by the company Uber - which makes use of new technology and new business models.
Government will not legalize Uber, such as Uber running today. But the government also does not believe that it is possible nor desirable to try to turn back time to the classic taxi.
It is about how we get a grip on opportunities in technological development best make society share in the benefits in a manner that is both characterized by dynamics and decent conditions.
Therefore, we must find a third way between the traditional taxi market, with a
control that is set in concrete, which is neither provide optimal service to customers or
development opportunities for businesses, and a "Wild-West" market, where there is no
track tax payments, consumer protection and road safety.
The objective of the project is to develop a fully functional system of taxi services in Denmark.
We must take advantage of the technological opportunities and make use of the new business models, but there are some core values, we should not compromise on:
- The tax must be paid
- Consumer protection must be in order
- Traffic safety must not be weakened
These are main characteristics of the taxi system:
First, the number of the restriction on taxi permits repealed. Anyone who meets the general character requirements are entitled to get a permit, or an extra permit.
The municipality's assessment of whether there is a need for more taxis, and the current requirement equity, etc. repealed.
Second, the spatial restriction that says that a taxi only be run in one municipality (or metropolitan area) repealed. A taxi company should be able to operate across municipalities throughout the country.
Thirdly, taxi licensecan be used to allow occupational passenger transport (limousine, public service traffic and transport expenses). There shall be one permit that allows for to perform all kinds of commercial passenger car, anywhere in the country, and issued by a state authority to anyone who meets the requirements. a so-called universal consent.
Fourth, the holder of the permit has the freedom on how he or she wants to organize the service. Today it's only people who can get a permit. In future, they could also be given to companies, etc.