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Publicado el 3/3/2017
In the coming days will be known one of the most important sentences for the collaborative economy in Spain: will decide if Blablacar can continue to operate (or not) in our country
If you have ever shared a car and travel expenses using Blablacar, like more than three million people in Spain, you may not be able to do it again. Or maybe yes. The future of Blablacar, and the collaborative economy in our country, is decided in the coming days in a sentence that has in vilo to millions of users and dozens of companies. The ruling should be known very soon (probably next week) and will resolve the conflict between the employers of the bus companies, Confebus, and Blablacar, accused by the first of unfair competition and operate outside the law. However, it will not be a simple sentence. As several sources in the sector say, it will mark a before and after. "It will be the death row to the collaborative economy or its definitive springboard."
Confebus and Blablacar have been engaged in a legal battle since August 2015. The employers of bus companies accused Blablacar of unfair competition, of being a covert transport company in the margins of the Law of Land Transport (LOTT). The French company, present in 22 countries, denied everything by arguing that they are a mere online service that puts users in contact who want to share travel expenses. That is to say, it should not be governed by the LOTT, but by the Law of services of society of the information.
It is the key argument of all the companies of collaborative consumption: we are not a traditional company, we are an Internet firm
It is, in essence, the key argument of all collaborative consumer companies, from UberPop before being banned in Spain in December 2014, until today Airbnb: we are not a traditional transport or accommodation company, we are a social network, An internet company and, therefore, we should not be regulated by the same laws as the taxi sector, buses or hotels. And that is just the point on which the next sentence of Blablacar will set a key precedent: to define whether the online intermediaries that put in contact with individuals to travel are providing a transport service or not.