Uber business is now over in Turkey
Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has just signaled on the media that Turkey will join several other European countries that have banned Uber, saying that the Uber business is about to finish. The president’s statement came after new regulations announced in recent weeks tightening transport licensing requirements, making it more difficult for drivers to register with Uber.
Turkey is actually not the first European country where Uber business is drawn to a stop.
A German regional court in Frankfurt ruled in September 2014 that Uber drivers must have commercial licenses to operate in Germany, leading the company to pull out of operations in several German cities. It now operates only a limited set of services in Berlin and Munich.
A French court fined Uber 800,000 euros ($957,000) in June 2016 for running an illegal taxi service with amateur drivers and slapped smaller fines on two executives in the first such criminal case against it in Europe. Uber’s licensed private hire services remain popular in Paris.
Uber business has also lost its license in London, although it is still operating there pending appeal, while its self-driving car program in the United States suffered a major blow with a deadly accident.
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