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Uber European Division in Doubt

In India, Karnataka and Maharashtra state govt have set up panels to look into taxi fares charged by firms like Ola and Uber and mandate minimum fare per kilometer.

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Uber said it will stop providing service in Denmark as of April 18, citing “unworkable” changes to local taxi rules in Denmark. Uber had currently had 2,000 drivers and 300,000 riders in Denmark. Regulations from Denish Govt from coming year will have new taxi driver licenses at 125 per quarter. Apart from this, They also require all cars to have fare meters, and restrict the types of cars that can be used for taxi-like purposes.

It’s not new, Uber is having problems in EU from quite Long. As per published in qz.com, In London, a lawyer recently took the first step to sue Uber and demand that the company pay the UK’s 20% value added tax on every ride. In Spain, Uber has sparked vehement protests. In France, a Paris court last summer found Uber guilty of operating an illegal rides service and fined it €800,000 (today, about $870,000).

Uber executives in France even briefly faced the possibility of jail time. Uber announced in February it was wrapping up operations in Taiwan after a confrontation with authorities there. Taiwanese officials accuse Uber of running a transport company on a tech-company licence, not paying tax and avoiding insurance cover for the riders.

There can be further problems for Uber as the European Court of Justice is soon to announce a decision on whether Uber should be categorised as a tech firm or a transport company.

Services such as Lyft in the US, Ola in India and Careem in the Middle East face similar issues. In India, Karnataka and Maharashtra state govt have set up panels to look into taxi fares charged by firms like Ola and Uber and mandate minimum fare per kilometer.

With all things happening, future of taxi hailing service is still in doubt.


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