Italy has blocked the use of Uber in the country, claiming that it presents ‘unfair competition’ to local cab companies.
After the major taxi associations in Italy filed a suit against Uber, a court in Rome has ruled that the cab-hailing service may not use any of its applications nor advertise any of its features. The court has given the company ten days to comply and if it does not, it will be fined €10,000 euros for each day until the application is removed.
Uber said in a statement: “We are shocked by the Italian’s court decision and will appeal. Thousands of professional, licensed drivers use the Uber app to make money and provide reliable transportation at the push of a button for Italians.” This is not the first time a court in Italy has ruled against the company. In 2015, a court ordered Uber to stop its UberPop (similar to UberX) application, again because it provided unfair competition. An appeal was later rejected.
This latest ruling is the latest in a string of problems Uber has faced 0ver past months. At the end of March, one of its self-driving cars was involved in a crash in Arizona. Several key figures have also left and there have been recent claims of sexual harassment against the company.