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UberPOP Stopped in France


07/03/2015


The US company Uber announced the suspension of operation of the mobile application to call a taxi and pay budget or private drivers UberPOP in France, that conflicts with the traditional taxi drivers and the government, writes Financial Times.



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Service UberPop has been recognized illegal in France, but continued to work until the ban was contested in court. Earlier this week, the two leaders Uber in France were arrested and charged.

Unlike other Uber services (eg, Uber X) UberPOP application allows potential clients and individual taxi driver without special training or license finding each other.

Uber explained its decision by intention to protect drivers who have been attacked by the official taxi drivers in France.

Uber emphasizes that the application will not function until the Constitutional Court of France did not rule on the case.

French taxi drivers, who pay thousands of euros for their licenses, accused Uber of unfair competition because it mostly works with drivers non-licensed by the authorities. They believe that they have lost 30% to 40% of their income in the past two years due to the rise in Uber popularity.

Last week, the French taxi drivers held a massive protest against the operation Uber: they blocked the roads leading to the Paris airports, and burned tires. During the protests, taxi drivers damaged about 70 Uber cars.

source: ft.com






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