Spain Bans Uber, the Ride Sharing Giant Says It’s Temporary

Back in April, when Uber launched their service in Spain, it was just a matter of weeks until local taxi associations would intervene and act against it. Since the famous ride sharing service experienced similar problems in plenty of other places, the San Francisco-based company believes Spain’s decision will be temporary.
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The early reports of suspending the service were confirmed by Uber the other day, through a statement they published on a blog.

“Earlier this month the Association MAdrilena Del Taxi requested a court injunction against Uber. Today we received the formal ruling and, in compliance with the December 9th order from the commercial judge and in respect of the law, we are temporarily suspending uberPOP in Spain while we appeal the court ruling and look to develop new options to give Spaniards access to safe, reliable rides.”

The ride sharing company also said representatives are already collaborating with Spanish politicians to develop a framework needed to create a permanent home for Uber and the sharing economy. They claim the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) has stressed the need to regulate the sharing economy, as has the Catalan Parliament who recently voted to establish guidelines on “collaborative consumption”.

As we previously stated, Uber is sort of used to all these scandals, since the company is the subject on ongoing protests from taxi drivers, taxi companies and even governments. Some still believe the service is an illegal taxicab operation that engages in unfair business practices and compromises passenger safety. Germany, France and England are among the countries where taxi companies disagree with Uber’s ways.

In December 2014, the ride sharing app was also banned in two cities in India and continues to be involved in similar disputes with several governmental bodies, including some in the US and Australia.
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