When it rains, it pours, is a line that aptly describes Uber s current situation. If a ban by the Delhi government, and subsequently by the Indian government was not enough, the cab service has now been banned in Thailand as well, Reuters reports. 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
Last month, Thailand s Department of Land Transport declared that Uber was operating in the country illegally, since they did not use the standard cars or fare structures. The department also announced that it would be imposing heavy fines on Uber drivers. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needy
Today however the Thai government has officially banned the cab service across the country. After having discussions with similar cab services in the country, Director-General Thiraphong Rodprasert told the publication, They [Uber] have to stop operations immediately.
Uber drivers will be stopped and fined 2,000 baht ($61 approximately), and according to the publication, the transport department is also in discussions with legal experts to implement higher penalties.
As mentioned above, the ban in Thailand comes on the same day as the Indian government asked all state and UT governments to ban Uber and other such unregistered app-based cab services. This ban comes in the wake of the Delhi rape case, wherein 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 and Thailand. The cab service is currently fighting a Dutch court order, had to voluntarily stop services in Nevada, cut fares in Germany amid legal battles, and is also on the verge of being sued by the city of Portland.