It is purely ornamental when Uber proposes to introduce a new system where drivers can report themselves to the tax authorities.
It believes the chairman of the trade association taxi drivers in Denmark, Søren H. Nicolaisen, who is one of Ubers sharpest critics.
“As I see it, it has only one purpose: It is to do a little for yourself, until new talks on the new tax law starts. That’s where Uber would like to enter, “he says.
Uber introduced Monday a new system to get the Danish tax authorities in meeting after months of criticism that most payments for drives via Uber end up as black income. In the future, it must be easy for drivers to turn himself in to the Tax and disclose what they have earned on running for others.
Ubers chief in Denmark and Norway, Carl Edvard Endresen says that Ubers app will be changed so that drivers with a single touch can mark that Uber would have to send their information in to the tax. It is still entirely voluntary.
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A similar system was introduced in Sweden on July 8 and is also available in the Baltic states of Estonia and Lithuania.
Even if the system leads to better tax morale among drivers, it is far from enough to make Uber popular in the taxi industry.
There are people equally frustrated on Uber drivers not needing to meet the extended requirements of the legislation on taxi license and security in the form of, inter alia,insurance.
It was these demands in July led to a conviction for piracy drive to six people who had been driving for Uber. The six were given fines of between 2,000 and 6,000 kroner.
“Whether one so like it or not, you must then obtain a permit to run commercial services in Denmark, and you have to have insurance. And they have not, “says Søren H. Nicolaisen.
Carl Edvard Endresen believe that the taxi industry should not feel threatened by Uber. Lessons from the major cities in the United States shows that when Uber and other similar services expands, it doesn’t take work from the taxi industry – it’s more like people switching from using their own private cars to shared driving instead.
“The debate has been based much on emotion and not so much on the facts,” he says.