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Taxi Drivers Unhappy With “Freelancers”

Published January 18, 2014

Numerous anonymous taxi drivers are unhappy with a Facebook group, wherein people offer and ask for rides at pre-determined rates.

Vísir reports that, according to one anonymous source, “every taxi company has filed charges with the Icelandic Transport Authority (ICETRA),” and at least one company has filed charges with the police.

However, the admin of the Facebook group insists that the service is perfectly legal.

“Members of the group make a post with their phone numbers,” they explained. “They announce whether they’re on their way somewhere or need a ride somewhere. Those who need a ride can call those who are traveling and get a ride.” The admin pointed out that, according to a ruling made on a similar case, ICETRA deemed such services legal.

At the time of this writing, neither ICETRA nor the police have made a decision on the Facebook group itself.

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