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Mobile & Wireless

Spanish taxi drivers call for ban of Uber e-hailing app

Monday 21 April 2014 | 11:51 CET | News
Spain's Taxi Confederation has called on the authorities to ban Uber, an app that links private taxi drivers with customers, arguing that it creates unfair competition and promotes "pirate transport" and the black economy. The taxi association has threatened further protests if the Spanish government, autonomous communities and local councils fail to take immediate action against the smartphone app, which they say sidesteps the rules that regular cabbies must adhere to and encourages tax fraud. Uber has replied with a post on its official blog stating that "safety, reliability and choice, not protest, are what attracts customers to innovative forms of transportation."
The San Francisco-based startup, which is backed by Google and Goldman Sachs, has faced opposition from taxi associations in France, Germany, Italy and Belgium as it tries to expand its presence in Europe. In Brussels, a court recently issued an order banning Uber and imposing EUR 10,000 fines on drivers caught carrying private passengers, a decision that the EU's digital commissioner Neelie Kroes described as "outrageous".

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Google
Countries: Spain
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