Italian Court Bars Uber for Unfair Competition with Taxis

By Paul Riegler on 8 April 2017
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A main shopping street in Bolzano.

A main shopping street in Bolzano.

An Italian court banned Uber and its ride-hailing app from operating in the country on Friday.

The court held the app was unfair competition to traditional taxis and gave the company ten days to end the use of its smartphone apps in the country. It also ordered the company to cease promoting and advertising the service.

If Uber, which has reportedly not found the Italian market profitable, does not comply with the court order, it could face a fine of €10,000 ($10,600) for each day it continues to operate in defiance of the court order.

Uber said it was “shocked” by the court’s ruling and will appeal.

“Thousands of professional, licensed drivers use the Uber app to make money and provide reliable transportation at the push of a button for Italians,” the San Francisco-based company said in a statement.

The ruling is not the first against Uber in the country. Two years ago, a court in Milan banned the company’s UberPop app, because it allowed the provision of taxi services by unlicensed drivers. The ruling was upheld upon appeal in a court in Turin

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