On 5 May 2016, the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) published a position paper in which it expressed its opinion on Uber’s operations on the Polish market for transportation services. UOKiK has been monitoring and analysing the effects of the emergence of such online platforms on the Polish market and concluded that Uber (i) encourages competition, (ii) is beneficial to consumers and (iii) provides for innovative solutions. Uber’s Characteristics In performing its monitoring exercise, UOKiK identified a number of characteristics that distinguish and differentiate Uber from similar providers. In particular, the regulator noted that Uber enters into agreements with drivers who are not required to hold a taxi passenger service licence Fares are not calculated using a meter but are based on the distance travelled and time of the journey There are no automatic driver-passenger allocation systems Passenger anonymity cannot be guaranteed...

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