This op-ed was first published in English by EurActiv, in Spanish by El Pais, in Portugese by Publico , in German by Der Spiegel and in French by Le Soir and La Tribune.As authorities across Europe are preparing for a stepwise lift of the lockdown imposed in response to the pandemic, they’re facing a make-or-break moment for urban mobility. The decisions taken in the coming weeks will define how healthy, resilient and liveable our cities will be in the future. Without decisive action, the recent drop in air pollution would sadly remain a breeze of clean air, soon replaced by a rapid return of toxic fumes as already observed in China, with people switching to private cars and avoiding public transport. This risk is particularly worrying given the growing evidence indicating that air pollution probably makes us more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus.
Ride-hailing services like Uber are increasing car travel, climate emissions and traffic congestion, according to a new US study. Ride-hailing trips now result in an estimated 69% more climate pollution, on average, than the trips they displace, it finds. The data was published just weeks ahead of the first round of the Paris mayoral election, in which three candidates supported the #TrueCostOfUber campaign to cut the air pollution of services like Uber and to electrify their fleets.
First London - now Uber is coming under focus by officials in Paris. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and two of her opponents for re-election next week - David Belliard (Green) and Danielle Simonnet (Left) - are supporting the #TrueCostOfUber campaign to reduce the impact of private hire vehicles (PHVs) like Uber on air pollution and require them to go zero emissions. This campaign is led by clean air group Respire, European NGO federation Transport & Environment and citizens platform Sum of Us. A petition has already collected more than 22,000 signatures in support of the campaign.
Après Londres, Uber est également au centre des débats à Paris. Les candidats à la Mairie de Paris, Anne Hidalgo, David Belliard et Danielle Simonnet ont annoncé leur soutien à la campagne #TrueCostOfUber menée par Respire, Transport & Environment  et Sum of Us pour réduire l’impact des VTC comme Uber sur la pollution de l’air. Une pétition qui a déjà recueilli plus de 22 000 signatures est liée à cette campagne.
Awareness of the pollution caused by Uber and taxi services is growing, according to an opinion survey commissioned by T&E. The survey shows that citizens in the cities where Uber operates most have the greatest awareness of the environmental impact of ride-hailing and taxi services. T&E says this strengthens the case for making the licensing of Uber and similar services being made conditional on vehicles being electric.
A new YouGov poll published by the NGO campaign #TrueCostOfUber finds that the people most exposed to the ride-sharing service Uber, those living in the big metropoles where the corporation has extensive operations, have a more negative perception of the company’s impact on pollution. A briefing on the survey results and the survey data for the each of the markets can be downloaded below.
More than half (52%) of taxi and Uber customers in seven European countries are willing to pay an extra 15-20 cents (euro) per km for a zero-emission ride , according to a new online YouGov poll  published today by the NGO campaign #TrueCostOfUber.
As more evidence emerges showing the negative impact of Uber on air pollution, traffic and climate change, prominent political figures are publicly demanding that the ride-hailing company goes zero emissions.
Tests an zwei der beliebtesten Mittelklassefahrzeuge haben gezeigt, dass die Feinstaub-Emissionen der neuesten Diesel-PKW auf mehr als das Tausendfache des Normalbetriebs hochschnellen können. Diese gefährlichen Emissionsspitzen entstehen durch die Reinigung der Dieselpartikelfilter im Fahrbetrieb und können sich augenblicklich schädlich auf das Herz auswirken. Die Filterreinigung kann auch im Stadtverkehr auftreten und für eine Fahrtstrecke von bis zu 15 km andauern, wird jedoch von offiziellen Emissionstests effektiv ausgeklammert. In Europa sind mehr als 45 Millionen Fahrzeuge mit Dieselpartikelfiltern ausgerüstet. Dementsprechend kommt es in der EU zu ca. 1,3 Milliarden Reinigungsvorgängen pro Jahr.
The true environmental cost of Uber and similar app-based taxi services has been laid bare by T&E. Based on data compiled by Euromonitor, T&E estimates that in Paris and London alone Uber has been responsible for 515 kilotonnes of CO2 in the few years since it started operating those cities, equivalent to adding the CO2 emissions of an extra 250,000 cars. A new international coalition has been formed to fight a #TrueCostOfUber campaign.