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http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/08/uber-holland-uberpop/

Uber, the controversial transportation startup valued at $40 billion+, is facing more heat, this time in Europe (in India it has been banned completely). A Dutch court today ruled to ban use of the company’s UberPop ride-sharing service because of the lack of livery licensing for drivers. The Netherlands tend to be liberal towards this sort of new initiatives, also because the traditional taxi branch is something people complain a lot about. If it gets banned here, Uber has even less chance to roll out its services in the more traditional EU countries, like Germany and France.
 

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On the long run, Uber may well face the even greater danger of being confronted with a mix of both: (licensed) taxi drivers that unite themselves and use the networking capabilities of the whole ride initiative thing.
and at least "free market" powers would be improving the WHOLE market for the consumer VS the Government outlawing it and the market getting worse as NOBODY else will challenge the status quo and the taxi industry keeps on ripping off the public
 

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I expect the insurance industry will be the biggest prblem for Uber. Will passengers be covered in the same way as non fare paying passengers are. Insurance companies are always looking for a way to not pay.
 

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I expect the insurance industry will be the biggest prblem for Uber. Will passengers be covered in the same way as non fare paying passengers are. Insurance companies are always looking for a way to not pay.
Uber provides some insurance coverage for their passegers, but in some places it falls short of the legal minimums.
 

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If insurance companies can find a niche, they will jump to the occasion. Obviously, they already have certain statistics from the taxi branch. The fact that Uber drivers use their own car, might work as an extra insurance to insurers. The biggest problem is fiscally: Uber drivers don't pay taxes as regular cab drivers do.
 
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