Joining the #IdeaAccelerator at the European Liberal Forum, the ETF Acting General Secretary argued that not all disruption in the transport sector brings a better service to users. What’s more, we cannot only think of people as consumers. If new models offload the social costs of work onto the taxpayer or force wages down to unsustainable levels, who really benefits?
In the Cambridge Union-style debate, Livia Spera faced Jacob Bangsgaard of the Mobility as a Service Alliance, who argued that disruptive new providers in the transport sector brought greater efficiency and better service for customers. Livia Spera, on the other hand, took a more nuanced view of the broader context. If the argument is that platforms make transport more efficient or easy-to-use for users, let’s find ways to achieve that while respecting labour rights and environmental sustainability.
Here’s some key takeaways from what Livia said:
In conclusion, we welcome new models when they really benefit us all in our roles as consumers, workers and citizens. But, for the moment, too many disruptors are just using new technologies for the old tricks to circumvent social standards.