Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Court orders Uber Black stop (4)

Italy court blocks Uber services in Italy, citing unfair competition Uber is now totally banned in all of Italy
Garry Little | 09 April, 2017, 02:15

But unsurprisingly, Uber isn't going away without a fight.

As for the current lawsuit, Uber has been instructed to stop promoting (market) its ride-hailing services and operating in the country within the next ten days.

Italy is now taking steps to solve this matter, as a court in Rome just slapped a nationwide ban on Uber in Italy for contributing to what it deems as "unfair competition" that harmed the local taxi industry.

Uber Italy said in a statement they were "shocked" by the decision and they would appeal the ruling in the coming weeks.

An Italian court has ruled that Uber's apps can not be used in the country, and that the company can not advertise its services there. Judge Alfredo Landi reportedly also imposed a €10,000 fine on the ride-hailing company for every additional day that the company violates the agreement beyond then. "We will work endlessly to allow thousands of professional drivers to continue working through the Uber app and simultaneously enable all citizens to be able to freely choose now to navigate".

In 2015, a Milan court banned the company's UberPop application for encouraging taxi services by unlicensed drivers.

This is the latest roadblock in Uber's operations in the European countries and has been applied for their services acting as an unfair competition against local operators.

In Italy, cities issue a set number of taxi licenses annually, which can cost up to 200,000 euros ($212,000), forcing drivers to stay on the road for years to pay it off. Despite an appeal, that decision was upheld at a later hearing in Turin.

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