Taxify pulls up in Paris after London puts breaks on Uber rival

 
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A ride-hailing startup looking to take on Uber is launching in Paris just weeks after the breaks were put on its expansion to London by the transport regulator.

Taxify was told to stop operating in London after just a few days after concerns about the way it was licenced.

The Estonian-founded firm backed by China's Didi Chuxing said it had acquired a small London minicab firm and its licence, citing the lack of engagement over the course of months from Transport for London over the progress of its own licence application.

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Now it has turned to the French capital instead, where it has already signed up 5,000 drivers, both taxi and what's known as VTC, similar to the UK's minicabs. Taxify pitches itself as an "ethical alternative" to Uber, taking a lower rate of commission from them.

“The VTC market is evolving in Paris, which still remains a huge and thriving marketplace for private urban transport, and we’re excited to launch there," said Taxify founder and chief executive Markus Villig.

"We have listened intently to what both drivers and riders want, and we are confident a more ethical alternative is welcomed. Taxify will enter as the biggest European ride-hailing platform, bringing better conditions for drivers and more affordable fares for customers."

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Concerns have been raised that Transport for London is hindering innovation in London. Another Uber rival, Via, said it has also encountered a lengthy process in which TfL had offered little communication.

Meanwhile, Uber itself is facing a fight for survival after the TfL said it would not renew its licence in the capital in a shock move.

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