Uber is preparing to expand its presence in the European continent, but this time it does away from its known service for private passengers with which the taxi competes. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the US company announced the expansion of its Uber Freight application, the service that connects companies or companies seeking to transport a load with truck owners willing to take it to their destination.
This application has been operating in the United States for more than two years and, according to the company itself, it aims to "connect cargo truck companies of any size, provide a final price before hiring, grant fast payments and create the opportunity to reserve a cargo shipment at the touch of a button ". At the same time, it promises to expand the network of "reliable" carriers, while the customer controls in real time the status of their cargo.
Although Uber has not specified dates, if it has announced that Holland will be the first European point in having the service "in the coming weeks". From there they hope to expand the application to other parts of the continent "in the near future".
The company recognizes that the logistics area is a fundamental part of the European economy and that is why it is "committed to providing this service". As highlighted by the platform, the European truck market moves billions of euros per year, positioning Europe as one of the largest users of this type of service, behind China and the United States.
This announcement comes after several incidents in recent years that have highlighted a tense relationship between Uber and the European continent. In 2015 the High Court of Frankfurt banned the service UberPOP, which allowed anyone with their own vehicle to work with the platform. Shortly thereafter, in 2017, the Californian company saw how the body that grants or denies licenses in the capital of the United Kingdom, Transport for London, refused to renew its operating license on the grounds that it did not meet the appropriate security requirements. More recently, the transport service was up in arms with the Spanish taxi drivers, who demanded a greater regulation of the VTC. After 16 days of strike, the taxi drivers in Madrid announced a "truce" with the threat of returning to the protests if the conditions did not improve before the summer. In Barcelona, the platform decided to stop providing their services after the new decree law approved by the Generalitat, in which requires to pre-contract a VTC car 15 minutes in advance.