Belgium in Brief: Brussels’ Uber Issues

Belgium in Brief: Brussels’ Uber Issues
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Do you have any idea what it’s like to be an Uber driver in Brussels? Because I don’t.

Not a clue, but I certainly find it useful.

Like many services in the city, Uber is one of those things that has become part of the fabric of daily life. Can’t get there? Grab an Uber, it’s fine. It’s just a thing we do now.

If you’d told me 5 years ago that I’d be debating an electric rental scooter or a ride that I ordered on my phone whenever I wanted to go to a meeting, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Equally, if you told me now that delays to a proposed reform have left drivers trying to do their job in the lurch, I’d find it hard to believe too.

On both counts, I guess I would have been wrong.

Ethical quandaries, fines for workers and arguments aplenty from both sides – but I’ll let Helen Lyons explain here.

Has your life adapted to a point that you couldn’t live without certain services? Would you eat as much takeaway if you couldn’t get it delivered by a rider? Would you travel so far if you didn’t have so many ways to do so?

Let @johnstonjules know (or email me j.johnston@brusselstimes.com

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