Anglo-Saxons most likely to try private taxi apps: survey

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  • Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014

OBVIOUS BENEFITS: When questioned on the main advantage of official taxis over private vehicles for hire, survey respondents were likely to cite the fact that official cabs are completely legal.

American and British tourists are more likely than their French and Spanish counterparts to have used a private taxi app such as Uber, Blablacar or Carpooling during their travels, according to a study conducted by 

While the vast majority of Spanish and French respondents said they had never used a private taxi app (75% and 68% respectively), this answer was selected by only 46% of respondents from the US and the UK, which the study lumps into the category of "Anglo-Saxons." 

The survey found that 44% of American and British respondents used the apps sometimes during their travels, while 5% said they used them often. 

Over 73% of respondents across all countries expressed the opinion that private taxi apps should be legal, although this doesn't necessarily correlate into complete trust of the unregulated system. 

In fact, when questioned about the main advantage of official taxis over private cars, 47% of Americans and Britons and 53.3% of French respondents cited the fact that they are "completely legal." 

On the other hand, when polled on the top advantage of private taxis, travellers were most likely to name price. Around 50% of respondents from the US and the UK, 70% from Spain, 40% from the Middle East and 60% from France listed price as the main draw of these private vehicles for hire. 

The survey was carried out online and is based on the responses of 1,040 users of websites in several countries (France, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UAE, the UK and the US). — AFP/Relaxnews 2014

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