And Uber Pop is leveraging that to continue to operate in Brussels, Beligium. The laws ban its taxi service from being legal in that lucrative market. But its manager in Brussels Filip Nuytemans declares that Uber Pop is not a taxi service, reports Bloomberg. Instead it is a ride-sharing service. Freelance drivers using their own cars pick up passengers to pick up a few bucks.
Throughout Europe, taxi companies and individual cabbies are pushing back against this upstart. One thing that really irks cabbies is that some of them have to put up $253,000 for a permit to drive. Uber drivers don't.