The quarrel that has existed between Uber and the traditional taxi drivers is unparalleled. This is a subject that has been discussed for many years and reviews about it have emerged in media around the world. The question is, has Uber won the legal battle or the traditional taxi drivers have already knocked it down as a competition? Let’s find out.

The fight between Uber and taxi drivers

We could say that everything started in 2014. Uber had already installed itself in several countries of the world such as the United States, Mexico, Taiwan, among others. During that year, the service began to reach several other countries. As for example Spain, Belgium, France, Germany and others. But it also began to be prohibited as it was incorporated.

The main reason is that both the courts and authorities in each of these countries considered Uber illegal because it was “unfair competition“. In this case, for traditional taxi drivers, who saw the arrival of this company as a threat to their business. Many taxi drivers worldwide protested in the streets against Uber.

Uber Taxi Mexico Protests
A group of taxi drivers leading a protest against Uber in Mexico City. Source: Arena Pública

Even violence was reported by traditional taxi drivers to Uber taxi drivers. As it happened in Costa Rica in 2015, where an Uber driver was threatened while his car was hit by some enraged taxi drivers with a baseball bat. Although the attack was criticized, it didn’t prevent the Costa Rican government from considering the prohibition of the service.

Another reason why Uber was criticized by taxi drivers and detractors was its supposed evasion of regulatory laws. They’re accused of having evaded tax payments and regulation to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors. As said before, this happened in many parts of the world.

Who ends up winning…?

Uber has waged legal battles around cities around the world in order to legitimize their app. However, things haven’t been easy for this company. Despite the trials, the service ends up being banned, prohibited or declared illegal in most countries. And in other cases, it withdraws its services voluntarily.

Currently, Uber services aren’t available in Hungary, Germany, Italy, London, Denmark, Japan, Taiwan, Bulgaria and other countries. All because of the reasons mentioned above: the alleged unfair competition, evasion of the law and media disputes.

However, Uber has managed to reincorporate itself again in certain countries after having been outlawed. Among those countries are Spain, Dubai, the Netherlands, some states of the United States, Finland, Egypt and other countries of the world. Although under regulations and legal commitments to which it must remain tied.

In order to continue offering service in these countries, Uber has had to adapt to each country’s law or fight for its legitimacy. In regards of 2018, Uber reincorporates its business in certain countries while in others it has had to withdraw. Which shows that there’s still a long way to fully establish their services worldwide.

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