Uber has been facing all sorts of criticism and bans all over the world. On 7th April 2017, the Italian judiciary placed a ban on the company’s services in Italy. The ban was placed after a judge in Rome ruled against the company.
The case was that Uber’s ride service was unfair competition and it went in favor of the taxi associations of Italy. Not only are Uber’s services such as Lux, SUV, X, XL, and Van categories of transport banned from use in the country but they cannot advertise themselves in the country as well.
Uber’s lawyers made a statement to Corriere Della Sera, an Italian newspaper, that they
We’re shocked. We will appeal this ruling that is based on a 25-year-old law. Now the government can’t waste more time and needs to decide whether it wants to remain anchored to the past, protecting privileged profits, or whether it wants to allow Italian to benefit from new technologies.
The lawyers, however, enjoyed their victory in court stating to the Corriere Della Sera
This is the fourth ruling by an Italian judge that ascertains Uber’s unfair competition, the latest battle in a legal war that began in 2015 to stop the most striking form of unfair competition ever registered on the Italian local public transportation market.
Uber had a period of 10 days to appeal the ruling and it will have to do so if it wishes to survive in Italy. If not it will have to stop operations in Italy as a whole. If neither of the options is close, then
Uber will have to pay $10,600 fine every single day it operates from then on as it will be doing so illegally. Recent times have been hard for Uber and even more so for its image. It had to face allegations of discrimination and harassment in previous days.