Jump to content

MyCarForum Logo
Search
Magnifying glass

SEARCH

0

Uber suspends low-cost service in France amid legal pressure

By Deeq on 06 Jul 2015 in Other News

Attached Image Uber is suspending its low-cost ridehailing service in France, hoping to defuse an escalating legal dispute and sometimes-violent tensions with traditional French taxi drivers. The unusual concession comes after the stakes mounted this week in Uber's standoff with France: Two senior European managers for the San Francisco-based company were detained Monday and ordered to stand trial, charged with "deceptive commercial practices."
 
Attached Image
This legal battle reflects the broader struggle that governments face to keep up with fast-moving technology — and how to tax operations like Uber's and protect workers and consumers. Companies like Uber argue that governments are unfairly protecting entrenched industries instead of adapting to the times.
Uber Technologies Inc. has run into legal problems elsewhere in Europe, as well as in China and India. The French battle centers around Uber's low-cost service, in France called UberPop, which links users to drivers without professional taxi or chauffeur licenses. French authorities had ordered it shut down, but Uber refused, pending a legal decision at a top French court.
 
Attached Image
Uber France chief Thibaud Simphaud said in an interview published Friday in Le Monde that the company changed its mind "in a spirit of bringing peace" with authorities. An Uber spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that the service is being suspended starting Friday night.

Simphaud and another European manager for San Francisco-based Uber were detained this week and ordered to stand trial Sept. 30. They are accused of six counts including deceptive commercial practices, complicity in instigating an illegal taxi-driving activity, and the illegal stocking of personal information.
Attached Image
Claiming unfair competition, taxi drivers staged a violence-marred strike last week, blocking many roads across France. Uber's regular app-based service, which connects registered drivers with riders, continues to function in France. Uber claims to have a total of 400,000 customers a month in France.

uber, france, legal dispute, taxi and 2 more...

Viewed: 1,223 times

Related Blog Posts
Deeq
Written by Deeq
With intense love for cars and bikes since little, and passion for photography, Siddiq tries hard to bring cars to life on the screen, proving his worth as well as his passion for the job.



 
Car Makes

Please select a car make

Facebook Likes
   Featured Blog Post
Photo
The guide, while not mandatory, comes amid rising car complaints, mainly about defects. It is dev...
POPULAR BLOG POSTS
Photo
Vice President for Sales and Marketing at BMW M reckons that manual and dual-clutch transmissions...
Photo
Honda has just announced that its new Civic Type R is the fastest front-wheel drive car around th...
Photo
Insurance should be simple and fair, quick and easy to buy, at a price that’s affordable. And Bud...
Photo
The Honda Civic Si was recently unveiled and will go on sale in America next month. It will sit...
Photo
Images of the new facelifted 2018 Honda Jazz/Fit have leaked online, ahead of the model's lau...
   Lifestyle Articles