D'Ieteren is interested in taxis - Companies

D’Ieteren is interested in taxis – Companies

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By acquiring Taxis Verts, D’Ieteren Auto is taking an important step in its desire to establish itself in new forms of mobility. Bad news for Uber?

D’Ieteren Auto had created the Lab Box to invest in mobility start-ups. This now offers Taxi Radio Bruxellois sa (Taxis Verts), the main operator on the taxi market in Brussels developed by Michel Pêtre, directed by Jean-Michel Courtoy. The service has been active since 1981 and weighs more than half of the Brussels taxi.

Taxis Verts is not a start-up, but follows a modern approach, that of a platform like Booking.com, which does not own hotels but manages reservations. Taxis Verts does not operate any vehicles but receives the reservations it assigns to its subscribers, independent taxi operators. It organizes specific offers such as taxis for people with reduced mobility, the Stib Collecto service or parcel deliveries. Before covid, his annual income was 14 million euros (2019), reduced to 9 million in 2020.

Electrifying taxis

“The acquisition strengthens our diversification in remunerated passenger transport, assures Michaël Grandfils, CEO of Lab Box. Our ambition is to achieve national coverage” by developing the Taxis Verts digital platform, which offers an app and a website. (20% of bookings). Lab Box already controls a multimodal mobility platform (Skipr), a shared car service (Poppy) and chauffeured cars (Husk).

Lab Box wants to work on the electrification of taxis. “There is a lack of fast charging so that the taxis are not stopped for too long,” continues Michaël Grandfils. A subsidiary of Lab Box, EDI, active in charging, could offer this service. This would no doubt intensify competition with Uber, which Taxis Verts had fought in court and sometimes successfully, accusing it of taxiing without respecting its obligations. “We are not fighting the competition, Michel Pêtre told us in 2014. We have to adapt, but we have to respect the rules.” Adaptation will accelerate.

D’Ieteren Auto had created the Lab Box to invest in mobility start-ups. This now offers Taxi Radio Bruxellois sa (Taxis Verts), the main operator on the taxi market in Brussels developed by Michel Pêtre, directed by Jean-Michel Courtoy. The service has been active since 1981 and weighs more than half of the Brussels taxi. Taxis Verts is not a start-up, but follows a modern approach, that of a platform like Booking.com, which does not own hotels but handles reservations. Taxis Verts does not operate any vehicles but receives the reservations it assigns to its subscribers, independent taxi operators. It organizes specific offers such as taxis for people with reduced mobility, the Stib Collecto service or parcel deliveries. Before the covid, its annual income amounted to 14 million euros (2019), reduced to 9 million in 2020. Lab Box. Our ambition is to achieve national coverage” by developing the Taxis Verts digital platform, which offers an app and a website (20% of bookings). Lab Box already controls a multimodal mobility platform (Skipr), a shared car service (Poppy) and chauffeur-driven cars (Husk). Lab Box wants to work on the electrification of taxis. “There is a lack of fast charging so that the taxis are not stopped for too long,” continues Michaël Grandfils. A subsidiary of Lab Box, EDI, active in charging, could offer this service. This would no doubt intensify competition with Uber, which Taxis Verts had fought in court and sometimes successfully, accusing it of taxiing without respecting its obligations. “We are not fighting the competition, Michel Pêtre told us in 2014. We have to adapt, but we have to respect the rules.” Adaptation will accelerate.

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