On charges of operating illegally, South Korea has indicted Uber. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office prosecuted founder Travis Kalanick, and the head of MK Korea, a local rental-car service operator, identified only as Lee, both without physical detention, Yonhap reports. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelinesAlso Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
The report states that the duo faces up to two years in jail, as they are charged with violating a law governing passenger transport services. Under the law, rental-car service operators are banned from conducting passenger-transport business using their cars. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
This move comes as local taxi drivers expressed anger over Uber’s operations, as it was unfairly hitting their income directly. The authorities then stepped up their investigation, and then announced the indictment.
Uber, even after the indictment, has vowed to continue its services. The city council of Seoul passed an ordinance that would offer a financial reward of up to 1 million (US$910.5) for those who report Uber’s illegal activities, among other things.
Uber is facing the heat in many countries, including India, for law infringement, destroying local businesses and driver’s wrongdoings. In India, Uber was banned after an uproar over a women’s rape by an Uber driver. Uber has been banned in Thailand and Spain as well.