Most young people prefer ridesharing services to traditional taxis – for a good reason. They are convenient, affordable and downright innovative.
However, not everyone shares that sentiment. Some jurisdictions just can’t see sense in crippling an entire industry to please riders or service providers. They prefer replicating the innovation and using it with the cabbies on the ground.
So here are some places where Uber has been banned or has voluntarily walked away after legal battle.
Three US States
Austin – as ironic as it might seem, Uber is facing legal action in over 20 states. The most notable one being Austin, Texas where the company decided to pull out after a juristic disagreement in 2016.
Alaska – this state also had a problem with Uber’s business model, and that lead to a courtroom battle that ended in Uber paying $77,925 in fines. The company later exited the market altogether.
Oregon – this west coast state also slapped a ban on ridesharing services, but with an exception for Portland.
Four Countries in Europe
Bulgaria – Uber has also faced legal issues in Europe, with Bulgaria being the most visible case. The Supreme court of Bulgaria ordered the shutdown of Uber, citing that anyone looking to provide taxi services in that country should take on all the requirements.
Denmark also made taxi meters mandatory for all cabbies operating within her borders. And that saw the exit of Uber from that market.
London – The latest ban on ridesharing services was in London. The court claimed that Uber is not “fit and proper” for their market. But the start-up has vowed to fight back claiming that more than 40,000 Londerners depend on their services.