France bans UberPOP services after a nationwide protests by taxi drivers



Taxi driver’s nationwide protests forced France’s interior minister to order a ban on the low-cost car-sharing service UberPOP.

Bernard Cazeneuve said the service was “illegal” and ordered police and prosecutors to enforce its closure. He has also ordered the police to seize the cars, if the UberPoP services defy the orders.  

Reasons stated by the Taxi drivers for their fury and protest :

  • Uber, a US-based firm is stealing their livelihoods.
  • They have to pay a lot for a licence but UberPOP unfairly undercuts it.

In this regard, Uber spokesman, Thomas Meister said the firm had contested the law under which UberPOP has been ruled illegal and he also accused the interior minister for overriding the normal legal process.

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