Uber banned in Italy

by Haadi Bakar
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Italy has banned Uber after the country’s court ruled the ride-hailing service is threatening Italian taxis through unfair competition.

According to a Reuters report, a court judge in Rome has ordered Uber to cease operations in Italy following legal actions filed by taxi unions in the country against the company.

The ban includes Uber’s Black, Lux, Suv, X, XL, Select and Van services. The court also prohibits the firm from advertising its products in the European nation.

The firm has been given 10 days (from April 7) to end its operations in Italy, or face a hefty fine of 10,000 euros a day if it continues to operate by then.

Uber said it plans to appeal the court’s decision.

Italian taxi drivers have staged protests against Uber for quite some time, citing “unfair advantage” in Uber’s part. Taxi drivers in Italy claimed that Uber drivers could purchase licenses in the country’s smaller towns for cheap and use them to work in cities, according to a report by The Local.

The ride-hailing service has also faced oppositions from other major cities around the world over the years as the company undergoes rapid global expansion.

 

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