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IN THE NEWS


COMPETITION AND MARKETS AUTHORITY APPROVES UBER’S AQUISITION OF AUTOCAB


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an investiga- tion in January 2021 to examine whether the proposed takeover of Autocab by Uber, announced on 6 August 2020, could impact rival companies. Uber said every month thousands of people open the Uber app in places such as Oxford, Doncaster, Swansea and Aberdeen where the company doesn’t operate to try to get a trip. Through Autocab’s iGo marketplace, Uber will now be able to connect these passengers with local operators who choose to take their booking. In turn, operators should be able to expand their operations and offer more earn- ings opportunities to local drivers. Uber will also explore providing drivers with additional revenue opportunities relat- ed to its platform for other services,


such as delivery.


As part of the deal Uber pledged that post-acquisition, Autocab will remain independent with its own board focused exclusively on providing tech- nology to the taxi and private hire industry around the world. The investigation concluded that there is only limited indirect competition between the two companies, with no evidence suggesting that Autocab was likely to become a significant and more direct competitor to Uber in the future. Joel Bamford senior director of mergers at the CMA said: “It is impor- tant that mergers like these are properly scrutinised to ensure that cus-


tomers aren’t negatively affected. “After a thorough investigation, the CMA has found no competition concerns as a result of this deal. This is because the companies are not close competitors, the two businesses will continue to face competition from rivals and Autocab’s customers can switch to credible alter- native providers if they wish.” A spokesperson for Uber said: “We look forward to working with the Auto- cab team to help local operators grow and provide drivers with genuine earn- ings opportunities.” An Autocab spokesperson said: “We welcome this decision. By working with Uber, we can scale up our ambitions, and provide hundreds of thousands of exta trips for our customers, and help cement the place of licenced operators in their local community.”


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