Richard Branson sticks up for Uber

5 October 2015

Richard-Branson15-415 Uber may offend a number of people, but Richard Branson isn't one of them. A number of business sorts have stuck up for Uber after some new rules to hinder the service are being considered. Branson said that taxi firms need to 'accept' that the app has changed the industry, and in turn, they need to adapt and respond to it.

Talking to some awful event, he said: "Once you've let the genie out of the box and people are benefiting from something, you can’t put it back in."

"You cannot stop progress and you can’t turn the clock back. Countries that try to ban Uber are holding themselves back. It's like banning Google because it’s competing with education. You must embrace it."

The new rules being considered are basically bans on some of Uber's key features. Transport for London (TfL) have been saying that there should be a five minute gap between ordering a taxi and its arrival, for some reason. And there should also be a ban on operators showing cars that are for hire within a phone app.

Of course, this isn't solely aimed at Uber, as there are a number of taxi hailing apps and services out there, but the success of Uber has definitely forced the situation.

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TOPICS:   Travel

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