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Japan to allow use of private cars as taxis under certain terms

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So, in effect, it is removing the need for a commercial license for taxi companies in hiring new drivers.

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I don't use private taxi. I don't know whether driver is good or not. If driver has a second class of car license(二種免許), I use it.

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Japan to allow use of private cars as taxis under certain terms

terms: if we get a cut, you can be a taxi.

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Under the eased measures, individuals without a license to provide driver services will be able to do so as long as they undergo prior training and are directly employed by taxi companies

This will be abused. Work "part time" after company trains you. Work off the clock and keep the full amount. If something happens, just go back on the clock.

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I am willing to bet more than beers that the rates paid these drivers do not fully cover the costs of operating a car and pay anything close to a minimum wage. From what I have seen of delivery drivers using their own vehicles, the pay doesn't cover all of the costs of operating the car including fuel, insurance and repairs much less depreciation so when the car is worn out the driver can buy a new one. In essence these drivers are giving these companies their time and their car and the paltry pay fools the driver into thinking they are getting paid for what they do. In reality they are loosing money with every kilometer they drive.

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So, in effect, it is removing the need for a commercial license for taxi companies in hiring new drivers.

Sounds like the cars will be shiro-taku, the same white number plate as private cars, and the drivers won't have dai-ni-menkyo, the driving license required for paying passengers. They will just have some kind of training instead. This mightn't be much, but means someone local is responsible for them and the cars.

This is better than Uber, which is twenty techbros in the US putting up an app and not giving a flying one about road safety, passenger safety or any other issues.

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After a night out I would dearly like to

save on my taxi fares home-great news!

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I don't use private taxi. I don't know whether driver is good or not. If driver has a second class of car license(二種免許), I use it.

Every single taxi you have ever used is a "private" taxi. There is no such thing as a "public" one!

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Sounds like the cars will be shiro-taku, the same white number plate as private cars, and the drivers won't have dai-ni-menkyo, the driving license required for paying passengers. They will just have some kind of training instead. This mightn't be much, but means someone local is responsible for them and the cars.

Not "dai ni menkyo" It's called 普通自動車二種免許証 or futsu jidōsha nishumenkyo-shō, literally translated as a "ordinary class 2" drivers license.

They will be "white plates" and not commercial, but will be used commercially. There are plenty of details that still have to be worked out, as there is nothing mentioned about car/vehicle safety, nor insurance.

Only that they would be "hired" by a current taxi company. So not just anyone can do it just yet.

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A good example of Japan’s backwards regulations.

Everything is banned by the government by default, until the politicians generously decide to allow for a little freedom in one small area of the economy. Vested interests are protected.

I believe this is a huge reason for economic stagnation in Japan.

There should be economic freedom by default - the other way around.

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Well, economic freedom like Uber has turned out to be nothing more than a ponzi scheme to rake in investment money. Never made a profit yet, but burned through billions of dollars.

Poor people can continue to be poor by this scheme. Working at a konbini for 850 yen will be more money, without the driving.

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Great news!!...

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YubaruDec. 10  02:51 pm JST

I don't use private taxi. I don't know whether driver is good or not. If driver has a second class of car license(二種免許), I use it.

Every single taxi you have ever used is a "private" taxi. There is no such thing as a "public" one!

I said I just don't want to use shirotaku taxi (white plate taxi), even if government admits white plate cars as taxi. I mean if private taxi is white plate car.

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Every single taxi you have ever used is a "private" taxi. There is no such thing as a "public" one!

I checked this carefully. You are wrong. There are 2 kinds of taxi. One is "houjin taxi 法人タクシー", corporate taxi and another is "kojin taxi 個人タクシー", private taxi. Both taxis have green number plate, not white plate. Corporate taxi drivers work for the company. Drivers are employee of the taxi company. They get a salary from the company every month. Private taxi drivers work for self, because drivers run self-owned taxi business. I always use houjin taxi, corporate taxi. As a result, every single taxi is not a private taxi.

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Every single taxi you have ever used is a "private" taxi. There is no such thing as a "public" one!

Train, airplane, bus, taxi are "public" transportation in Japan.

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