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Uber in "sharing economy" standoff with UK government

Sam Shead | March 23, 2015
Uber is currently not recognised as a sharing economy company in the UK but the San Francisco giant still wants to be part of the UK sharing economy debate.

Bertram did not elaborate on the "issues" Uber faces but the company has come under fire from black cab drivers.

When asked if Uber is part of the sharing economy, Bertram said: "It depends how you define it. Certainly globally we definitely are. Here in the UK we operate a fully licensed service which, depending on your definition of the sharing economy, may be more or less sharing. It's less sharing in that you need a professional license but if you're talking about economic ownership of assets and how you share and the better utilisation of stuff [then it is]."

She concluded: "We would definitely like to be part of the debate of the sharing economy and how to make that work in the UK."

The full list of companies that signed up to be part of the initial Sharing Economy UK cohort includes: Airbnb, Appear Here, Bla Bla Car, Compare and Share, EasyCar, Echo,, Liftshare, Love Home Swap, Nimber, One Fine Stay, OuiShare, Task Rabbit, ZipCar. The members will be advised by: Coadec, Institute of Directors, Nesta, Osborne Clarke, PwC, Tech City and Tech UK.

Wosskow said Sharing Economy UK will consider new applicants every quarter.


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