ROME : area 1285 km2 (496.3 sq mi) ; population 4,353,775 ; taxi licenses 7.705, + 993 NCC licenses [aka, car hire with driver] [Source] . taxi license cost: € 180.000/200.000 (did your bell ring? It’s not a typo. It costs hundreds of thousands of euro…) . 1 taxi every 565 persons.
DUBLIN : area 114.99 km2 (44.40 sq mi) ; population 1,904,806 ; taxi licenses number 12,001 [source] ; taxi license cost: €6,300 for the grant of a taxi licence and €125 for the grant of a wheelchair accessible taxi licence [source] . 1 taxi every 158 persons.
So Dublin is 100 times smaller than Rome’s metro area, but taxi offer is almost 4 times more.
What’s the point here? Simple: the economy.
Rome is dying, from both a social and an economical perspective.
Dublin, as Ireland, is open to changes, if they bring money, opportunities and innovation.
Rome, as Italy, is not. Italy is choked by lobbies. Lobbies in Italy continuously fight technology, which used diligently would open new life and work opportunities to standard people.
Hotel owners labor unions fight AIR BnB. TAXI drivers labor unions fight Uber.
This is also socially relevant. This explains why Italians are often so tricky, dealing with things, because if other nations try to pamper their own people, italians have their own Country as first aggressor to watch out from. Foreigner, try to walk in our shoes before criticising.
Recently the Taxi drivers labor union obtained the Court to stop UBER car hire service in Rome. But after a winning appeal, UBER is now free to work again in the Eternal City [source] .
I am not saying that Taxi drivers are wrong, but mindset must change in Italy if we want to be competitive again in Europe and Worldwide. Stopping the future just because it opens to different things is not the way to go.
Taxi Drivers will not leave it as it is [strikes, protest, driveability blockage, etc. ], and more contents will follow. Stay tuned.
Thanks for reading.
Disclaimer: Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.