Economy / Tourism / Transport

Uber app divides Italian Government

It’s simple. You download the app on your smartphone and you can rent a car with a driver. It’s called Uber.

Yes, it’s very very similar to a taxi. That’s why Italian registered taxi driver are so angry. After all, their special licenses are really expensive.

In the last day, Milan taxi drivers staged a strong protest, refusing to work and even attacking Uber drivers.

Minister of Transportation Maurizio Lupi admitted that indeed Uber is illegal in Italy, but was predictably overrulled by reform-minded Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who praised the app as “wonderful”.

In the long term, the taxi drivers’ battle is probably already lost, and not because of Mr Renzi’s stance. It is difficult to imagine the weak Italian Government being able to stop a viral smartphone app, even if it wanted to.

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