At War With Uber

It’s hard to imagine a world without Uber nowadays. The simplicity of opening an app on your mobile device, entering a destination, and pushing a button, has made the hassle of traveling somewhat enjoyable. Oh, and the cheap price. Who doesn’t love saving money? Well, it seems that, while great for the consumer (and driver), the existence of Uber has significantly damaged the taxi industry. Many taxi drivers have either lost their job or had to find a new one due to low demand.

As a result, the taxi industry is calling on respective governments to regulate Uber. Some, like France, have complied. Now, many other cities are attempting to follow suit, causing more unease and pressure between the two groups. Around the world, Uber protests have grown from a few hundred strong to now a few thousand strong. Protests, once peaceful demonstrations, are now escalating to road shut downs and even violence.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 14:  In this photo illustration the new smart phone taxi app 'Uber' shows how to select a pick up location at Atocha Station on October 14, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. 'Uber' application started to operate in Madrid last September despite Taxi drivers claim it is an illegal activity and its drivers currently operate without a license. 'Uber' is an American based company which is quickly expanding to some of the main cities from around the world.  (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
Uber drivers and their supporters protest in front of the offices of the Taxi and Limousine Commission in New York, Thursday, May 28, 2015. Uber and Lyft are pushing back against a New York City effort to regulate app-based car services. The proposal before the Taxi and Limousine Commission would require car services that riders can summon with their phones to comply with many of the rules that govern the yellow cabs they compete with. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Uber drivers and their supporters protest in front of the offices of the Taxi and Limousine Commission in New York, Thursday, May 28, 2015. Uber and Lyft are pushing back against a New York City effort to regulate app-based car services. The proposal before the Taxi and Limousine Commission would require car services that riders can summon with their phones to comply with many of the rules that govern the yellow cabs they compete with. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
AP Photo/Seth Wenig
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Ángel Franco/The New York Times
A taxi driver listens to speeches by his colleagues, during an Europe-wide protest of licensed taxi drivers against taxi hailing apps that are feared to flush unregulated private drivers into the market, in front of the Olympic stadium in Berlin. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)
Thomas Peter/Reuters
London taxi drivers use their smartphones as they stand alongside their parked cabs on The Mall, leading away from Buckingham Palace, during a protest against Uber Technologies Inc.'s car sharing service in London, U.K., on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Traffic snarled in parts of Madrid and Paris today, with a total of more than 30,000 taxi and limo drivers from London to Berlin blocking tourist centers and shopping districts. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Taxi drivers take part in a protest against the private taxi company Uber for alleged unfair competition, in Mexico City on May 25, 2015. Thousands of taxi drivers protested across the Mexican capital to demand the government to take action against Uber, while the company retaliates by offering free transport in the city.   AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ
AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ
George, 35, protests with other commercial drivers with the app-based, ride-sharing company Uber against working conditions outside the company's office in Santa Monica, California June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TRANSPORT CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3VKJ9
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
A collection of signs are seen on the street during a protest organized by the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance against ridesharing services Uber and Lyft outside the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards in San Francisco, California February 5, 2015. App-based ride service Uber, and smaller rival Lyft, face separate lawsuits seeking class action status in San Francisco federal court, brought on behalf of drivers who contend they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. The drivers currently pay those costs themselves. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS) - RTR4OFLL
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FILE - In this June 11, 2014 file photo, a demonstrator kicks a car, suspected to be a private taxi during a 24 hour taxi strike and protest in Madrid, Spain against unregulated competition from private companies, in particular, Uber. A judge has ordered the precautionary suspension of the ridesharing service Uber in Spain on Tuesday Dec. 9, 2014, saying it represents unfair competition. The suspension had been sought by Madrid’s Taxi Association, which is planning a legal case against Uber which allows passengers to hail a ride from a mobile app. The company takes a cut from what the drivers charge. Taxi drivers say such services are unfair as the drivers do not have to fulfill the same requirements or pay tens of thousands of euros (dollars) for training and licences as taxi drivers do. The San Francisco-based company has met with opposition in other European Union countries. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)
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