Uber to shut down its cab-booking service in Denmark

Posted March 30, 2017

"Due to the upcoming changes in regulations, we have been left with no choice but to close the service", Uber spokesperson Harry Porter wrote in an emailed statement.

The service is set to shut down on the 18 April.

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According to a June article from the Copenhagen Post, at least 33 Uber drivers within the city were charged with operating a taxi illegally.

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Uber, whose app is used by more than 2,000 drivers and 300,000 riders in Denmark, noted that the installation of taximeters and seat-sensors effectively block the use of modern technology, like smartphones, which can serve the same functions.

The company reportedly disagreed with a new law passed in Denmark on February 27 which requires all taxis to be fitted with expensive seat sensors, video surveillance and taxi meters.

Uber stopped operating in Austin, Texas (along with Lyft) in early May previous year, when voters upheld strict regulations on the ridesharing companies, including fingerprint based background checks.

A recommendation before council suggests Uber drivers can't accept street hail fares and can't pick up at a taxi stand. In December, Uber's European division was indicted by Danish public prosecutors for assisting two drivers fined for violating taxi laws.

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Uber seems unwilling to adhere to the new requirements. The case will arrive at court before the finish of April.

"We have a team of 40 talented engineers based in Aarhus who help develop Uber technology for users around the world".

Uber driver Nicolai Jørgensen told Politiken that he had worked as a driver for the service to pay for expenses like auto finance, road tax, fuel and maintenance. At the heart of many of these debates is this question of whether Uber is purely a digital company that matches passengers and drivers, or whether it is, in effect, an unlicensed taxi service, as the Harvard Kennedy's School Shorenstein Center wrote in an analysis of the issue.

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