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The traffic ban on Rue de Rivoli in Paris is clearly bothering Uber. So much so that the company decided to attack the authorities in the capital. It has just filed an appeal, in order to give its drivers the right to access the street in question, as well as that of Saint-Antoine.
The action in question was launched on January 26. It follows another attempt by Uber to improve things. First, the company filed a voluntary appeal with the town hall, which was ultimately rejected.
And this is the first to take the matter to the administrative court against this order of July 31, 2023 excluding VTCs from these areas. Uber explained its choice in a press release:
“While taxis, local residents and many craftsmen and traders can access them, VTCs have been systematically excluded from the lists of rights holders able to access these two axes, which are nevertheless necessary for their professional activity.”
Access to large hotels complicated
Uber points out that this poses a problem for accessing large hotels in the area. Access to Saint-James Albany, Meurice and even the Ritz is now more complex. Similar situation for large stores, like BHV.
Traffic restrictions have therefore made “more difficult, or even in some cases impossible, access for a significant proportion of Parisian passengers who are customers of the multiple businesses and hotel establishments located on the Rivoli – Saint-Antoine axis”notes the company.
ZTL and “Olympic routes” pose problems
Beyond that, the firm also fears the establishment of the limited traffic zone in Paris, which should prohibit transit traffic from the fall of 2024. Taxis will be able to circulate there, while VTCs are, for the moment, excluded.
One of the other major blocking points concerns access to the “Olympic routes”. On several major roads in the Ile-de-France region, lanes will be reserved for public transport, official vehicles and taxis. And VTCs feel wronged. It remains to be seen how this will evolve.
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To sum up
Uber wants to allow its drivers to access rue de Rivoli in Paris. The company filed an appeal against the Paris town hall on January 26 for this. She also intends to challenge the ban on VTCs from accessing the limited traffic zone (ZTL) of Paris and the “Olympic routes”.
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