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  • Why do cabbies protest against Uber but not Blacklane?
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Blacklane: the German anti-Uber

While it’s been a big part of the personal mobility revolution, Uber has been heavily criticised for some of its controversial practices. How has German rival Blacklane – which now serves 180 cities across 50 countries – managed to expand its chauffeur-driven service without courting controversy?

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Valued at over $50 billion and operating in 57 countries, Uber seems unstoppable in its attempt to revolutionise personal mobility. [1] Yet while it’s been seeing backlash to controversial new services such as UberPop, German rival Blacklane has expanded its chauffeur-driven limo service to 180 cities around the world without a single regulatory problem along the way. [2]

Like Uber in its earliest days, Blacklane offers chauffeurs the chance to carry passengers in the time they have between booked clients. However, unlike Uber, it partners with affiliated cab firms, and all bookings must be ...

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