[Tagging] What is a VTC car in OSM ?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 10:26:40 UTC 2018

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> On 21. Aug 2018, at 10:55, José G Moya Y. <josemoya at gmail.com> wrote:
> VTC is how rental cars with professional driver are called in Spain. I think the rest of the thread clarifies this: It is the Spanish name for Uber, Cabify and other companies that provide private transport services but are not taxis (their cars are not equipped with taxi meter).

rental with a driver is a regulated category different to taxis in some jurisdictions, e.g. in Germany and Italy (and probably many more, e.g. France [1]). AFAIK neither in Italy nor in Germany Uber qualifies. In Italy they are called NCC and you need a license, are not allowed to pick up customers nor to park your vehicle on public space. The Italian WP says they are a kind of public transport without routes, the German WP says they aren’t (in Germany). Uber (and others) don’t qualify because they don’t meet the requirements (their drivers don’t generally have a P-license in Germany, needed for the transport of people, they don’t typically have the NCC license in Italy, and they don’t adhere to other rules and regulations for this kind of transport). They are operating in a grey area, pretending the service is assimilable to picking up hitchhikers (commercialization of the sharing economy).

If there are specific parking or resting areas for vehicles that provide a kind of service like these, we should craft the definitions carefully and see what we need to require in order to be able to identify and distinguish the different classes that we want.


[1] https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiture_de_transport_avec_chauffeur


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