Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) aims for a rapid liberalization of the taxi and driving service market. He insists on a reform of the passenger transport law already in 2020, said Scheuer the news magazine Focus,
"The last reform of the Passenger Transport Act took six years and I want us to be much faster this time and hope for implementation next year," said Scheuer. So far, Scheuer had targeted the reform until the end of the legislature.
The cornerstones of the reform provide, inter alia, that the so-called return obligation for rental car companies with drivers such as Uber or Lyft be abolished. So far, these have to return to the main location after each trip and, unlike taxis, they are not allowed to wait for customers on the road.
In addition, the so-called pooling ban for rental cars with drivers should be lifted. Providers could then provide pooling services in future, ie collect passengers with similar start and finish. At the same time Scheuer wants to continue to give the taxi industry a special status. Existing industries should not be destroyed, said the Minister of Transport.
Consumer associations welcomed the plans. The taxi industry, on the other hand, warned of massive negative effects on its own industry.