Uber offers cars with professional chauffeurs in Brussels

Uber offers cars with professional chauffeurs in Brussels

Following the March 2014 launch of UberPop, the American company announced the start of UberX, a new scheme offering cars with professional drivers in Brussels, on Thursday. “There is a growing need for mobility in Brussels. Users expect a professional answer to this need, with upmarket comfort,” explains Mark MacGann, Head of Public Affairs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, at a press conference in Brussels.

The new VTC (Cars with Chauffeurs) scheme was launched on the same day, Thursday between 11:00 am and noon. Though prices will remain low – although slightly higher than those for UberPop – only professionals with a Brussels-Capital regional authority permit to run a car rental service with drivers will be allowed to take on passengers.

Uber highlighted the advantages of this service compared to regular taxis: “UberX will still be 25% cheaper than taxis. The fare between Bruxelles-Midi and Bruxelles-Schuman is 10 euros, and 7 with UberPop. Users will also benefit from technological bonuses informing them of approximate waiting time, approximate fare, and a more comfortable vehicle,” explains Filip Nuytemans, Belgian Head of Uber.

With UberX, drivers will be expected to have a registered vehicle with insurance and bi-annual MOTs for the first time. Vehicles will not be more than 7 years old. As with UberPop, drivers will need to be registered as self-employed or have their own company with a VAT registration, and to undergo strict background checks. “We are launching the UberX scheme with 20 drivers to begin with. They are self-employed drivers who want to earn more, as well as former UberPop drivers who turned professional,” points out Filip Nuytemans. “These drivers want to work full time in a professional manner.”

(Source: Belga)


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