THE California-based Uber Technologies has received yet another jolt with a court ruling to suspend the ride-sharing service’s operation in Germany. A news report said that a regional court in Frankfurt has banned the company from sending ride-hailing requests to rental car companies via its app. The court found multiple competition violations following a legal challenge by a German taxi association.
Only last month, Uber London Limited was found not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence. Transport for London (TfL) had identified a pattern of failures by the company including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk. The TfL said that despite addressing some of these issues, it did not have confidence that similar issues will not reoccur in the future.
And earlier this month, Uber received 235 reports of a rape occurring during a ride in the United States last year — an average of four a week., according to a company review. These sexual assaults have led to a flood of lawsuits from riders who were reportedly sexually assaulted by Uber drivers.
And in Colombia, according to a news report, a judge has ordered Uber to suspend its ride-hailing business after a technology platform presented a lawsuit claiming the company was providing the service through unfair competition. Uber has appealed the decision.
With one setback after another for Uber, there is increasing doubt about Uber fitting into the BC market. There is an increasing demand to have BC solutions for ride-sharing with proper controls and fairness.
There is also the question of profits and taxes remaining in B.C. The Province needs to take a good, hard look at companies like Uber.
BC Liberals do not care what happens to British Columbians as long as their pockets are filled by lavish corporate donations. The money laundering scandals in casinos proves that point.