According to wp.pl, the court ruled that the bus carrier must give money to the passenger who was forced to order Uber due to being late. Such a judgment, if it is maintained in the next instance, may prove to be groundbreaking.
The case concerned Tymon P. Radzik, a former adviser to the Minister of Digitization Anna Streżyńska and a “children’s” Nobel finalist in 2017. The Toruń transport company, acting on behalf of the municipal manager, will have to give money to the now 18-year-old for having to use the bus because he was had no other choice but to take ride sharing ‘taxi’ style service.
A landmark court verdict
The event took place on September 6 , 2017 . Tymon P. Radzik had to order Uber after the bus operated by Arriva Bus Polska was 70-80 minutes late. The 18-year-old already applied to the company for reimbursement, to which she replied that passengers should be aware of the fact that public transport can and will not always run on time (due to, for example, there are traffic jams ). In connection with this response, the case ended up in court.
The decision of the court of first instance is clear: the bus carrier is to give the passenger PLN 80. This was the cost of the Uber ride.
The court ruled that public transport operators are responsible for the timely departure of public transport. The timetable must be as precise as possible and the passenger has the right to be able to rely on it – explains wp.pl Tymon P. Radzik.
It is worth noting that the court charged the carrier, Arriva Bus Polska, for costs, and not the Public Transport Authority, which was responsible for the timetable. This is due to the fact that the transport company, by signing the contract with ZTM , agreed to its terms also in terms of timeliness of arrivals. It is not yet known whether the Toruń company will appeal to the court of second instance.
Does such a judgment mean that we will always be able to claim reimbursement in similar situations? There is no precedent law in Poland, so court judgments may vary depending on the circumstances in individual cases. Certainly, however, such a ruling can be considered groundbreaking and significant.
Do you have any stories of when you were ‘forced’ to take a taxi? Would you go through the court process to get a refund? Let us know in the comment section.