If you order a taxi ride, via a telephone, website or app, you must wait at least fifteen minutes before being picked up. That condition is stated in the implementing decree of the Flemish taxi decree, which has been in force since 1 January. For Uber, which currently only operates around Zaventem airport in Flanders, the waiting times would thus be “unnecessarily three to four times longer,” said Maurits Schönfeld, general manager of Uber in the Benelux in The standard.
Not only Uber was critical, but also in the Flemish Parliament the mandatory waiting time was attacked today. Among others, Flemish MP Marino Keulen (Open VLD) asked his party mate and minister of Mobility Lydia Peeters to abolish the rule.
“Users not in the cold”
The 15-minute rule is “an error that has slipped through the net,” said Peeters in the Flemish Parliament. “It is not intended that the users of taxis and Uber should be left out in the cold for longer.”
That taxi decree came from the case of former Minister of Mobility Ben Weyts (N-VA). He wanted to “modernize” the taxi sector by freeing up the rates and removing the limitation on the number of taxis.