According to the draft of a new law currently being prepared by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, apps such as Uber will be blocked for operating illegally
The Polish government has hastened work on the draft of a new traffic law act which is set to regulate the operations of service providers such as Uber. The document's authors propose the introduction of licenses for businesses acting as intermediaries in passenger transport, which includes forwarding orders through mobile applications. The intermediary will also be obligated to verify whether the drivers they work with have valid civil liability insurance policies "appropriate for the business activity they pursue", as well as personal accident insurance for the passenger. They will also obligated to run a registry of drivers and all orders, and keep it for a period of five years.
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The ministry is also planning to lower driver license fees. The new new regulations, which will follow the draft law, are to propose lowering license fees from 700 to 320 zł for a 2 to 15-year license and from 800 to 380 zł for a 15 to 30-year license. The most expensive license, extending for a period from 30 to 50 years, will cost 450 zł. The bill also proposes to lift the 100 thousand residents minimum requirement for local governments to be able to obligate taxicab drivers to pass city topography and local legislature exams. The maximum fee for the exam will be limited to 200 zł.
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Failure to meet the new regulations will result in penalties. The ministry wants to block any non-licensed computer programs, telephone numbers and mobile apps used to connect drivers and passengers. If the Land Transport Authority detects an unlicensed service, it will be able to ask the Office of Electronic Communications to take action. The financial penalties will include 1000 zł for lack of civil liability and personal accident insurance, and 40 000 zł for intermediaries who do not have driver registries or refuse to make them accessible on demand. The intermediary will also have to pay a 10 000 zł penalty for cooperating with a driver who doesn't hold an appropriate license.