Cities Across the Globe that Shut the Door on Uber
by Traveleads | April 23, 2019 | Latest News
While Uber’s services are well known, they are not always welcomed; as the American giant grew and grew, the more local businesses began to retaliate to halt its invasion.
Although, in Paris its presence is innovating and adapting as this month, the transport company launched ’Jump’, their new self-service electric bicycle and scooter service. While the giant confirms its place in Paris – one of its largest markets – and extends to other provincial cities in France (Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, and Toulon recently), metropolises all over the world are shutting the door and many have banned Uber altogether.
In Europe, the list is long:
- Frankfurt – only Berlin and Munich still provide the service in Germany
- Sofia – Uber suspended its services in Bulgaria in September 2015 after the company was widely criticized for its unfair practices regarding licenses, competitors like TaxiMe and TaxiMaxim continue to operate here
- Turkey – banned Uber last June after numerous conflicts between the taxi drivers and Uber drivers.
- Denmark – Uber was forced to withdraw from the country after severe regulations left the company unable to operate. The authorities began requiring fare meters and occupancy sensors in all cars providing taxi services in 2017.
- London – the situation is more complicated. The license was withdrawn from Uber in 2017 by the London Transport Authority. The reasons included Ubers’ approach to reporting criminal offenses and the way it carries out background checks on drivers. However, the license was finally extended by 15 months by a London court in June 2018.
- In large countries such as Australia – Uber operates throughout the country with the exception of the Northern Territory, after the company refused to pay the proposed $300 per car license fee. The two major cities in the region, Alice Springs and Darwin, have recently benefited from a carpooling company called Hi Oscar, which replaces it.
- China –banned Uber to make way for a more local service, Didi Chuxing
Uber continues to fulfill its duties in which many people do find efficient as they are often on-demand and timely. However, with many companies and public figures such as Elon Musk pushing for robot taxis/self-driving cars the industry could be shaken up once again.
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