A judge today banned popular app-based taxi service Uber from operating in Spain, court officials said, following similar attempted moves in several other countries. Also Read - FIR filed against Twitter India again, now over child pornography contentAlso Read - Mi Notebook Pro X to be Xiaomi's most expensive laptop yet, launch tomorrow
Drivers hired for rides via the application “lack the administrative authorization to carry out the job, and the activity they carry out constitutes unfair competition,” the court services said in a statement after ruling on a lawsuit brought by taxi drivers. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needy
The ban in Spain comes on the same day as governments in India and Thailand imposed bans on the cab service. While the latter claimed that Uber was illegally operating in the country, the ban in India was imposed in the wake of the Delhi rape case. Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav allegedly raped a woman in the cab on December 6. This case has put such cab services under the microscope, and has also put a spotlight on the drivers verification process in India, when issuing commercial transport licenses.
Uber s misery extends beyond India, Thailand and Spain. The cab service is currently fighting a Dutch court order, and had to voluntarily stop services in Nevada, and cut fares in Germany amid legal battles. Meanwhile, cities including Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Portland, Oregon, have also told the firm to stay off the roads.