There is obviously a problem if these cities and countries have enacted legislation to ban or remove Uber:

Vancouver BC – Transport Minister Todd Stone said: “We think we are striking a balance between what the vast majority of British Columbians want…all the while…respect[ing] the industry that’s been there for so many generations and get this right to protect the jobs that already exist.”

Montreal, Quebec – Quebec transport ministry recently passed a law requiring that Uber drivers across the province need to take the same mandatory 35-hour certification course that taxi drivers take. Instead of fighting, Uber has decided to pull out of Canada’s second-largest city (and the entire province).

Austin, TX – The company pulled operations from the Texas city after being told to fingerprint and background check all prospective and current drivers, which it said did nothing to improve safety and penalised minorities.

London UK – The regulatory agency Transport for London (TFL) accused Uber last year of showing a “lack of corporate responsibility” in relation to “public safety and security,” and failed to renew a license that would allow the U.S. ride-hailing service to operate in London. Uber had been allowed to continue its business in London while it appealed last October’s ban.

Brighton and Hove City Council UK – said it had “significant concerns” about the car hailing app. It said it the operator is “not a fit and proper entity to hold such a licence”.

Bulgaria – September 28 ruling by the Supreme Administrative Court upholding large financial penalties imposed by the Competition Protection Commission against Uber for what the commission said were unfair trade practices.

Denmark – The courts ruled Uber drivers to be operating as taxis and that they must be under strict regulations previously only enforced on taxis, such as having taxi meters, video surveillance, and seat sensors. Uber is not technically banned by Denmark or Copenhagen, but it was deemed as illegally operating their business, and their drivers were charged hefty fines.

Italy – Banned – The court said Uber could not use its Black, Lux, Suv, X , XL, Select and Van phone applications nor could it promote or advertise its services in Italy, a court document showed. The court ruled in favour of a suit filed by Italy’s major traditional taxi associations.

Hungary – The Hungarian government passed legislation saying that Uber drivers “breach[ed] regulations other taxi firms must adhere to” after allowing them to operate for two and a half years. The new law permits the Hungarian national communications authority to block internet access to “illegal dispatcher services”

Taiwan – Services were suspended after Uber faced millions of dollars’ worth of fines by the government. However, it has reached an agreement to use rental car agencies on the ground under the Uber brand, but the service remains limited.

Australia, Northern Territory – The territory has completely banned Uber after refusing to change the law to accommodate the app’s legality. It will allegedly re-evaluate this at a later date but, for now, Uber remains out in the cold. 

Partially Banned: France, Italy, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands – While you can get an UberTaxi in Munich and Berlin (not to be confused with a standard UberX), the rest of Germany has no Uber services, having made a ruling that requires all Uber drivers to purchase official commercial licenses to operate in the country. In Italy, France, Finland and the Netherlands, Uber’s UberPop service has been banned due to safety concerns among other potential problems.

Many Places in the US – The reality is that Uber has fallen out of favour with some local governments following concerns about the company’s practices and the way it influences local economies. Uber is actually illegal in most places in Oregon besides Portland. 

Las Vegas – May 2017, the Nevada state legislature passed a bill requiring Uber drivers to have proper business licenses and insurance to operate. Although this hasn’t been signed into law yet, if it passes it could spell the end of Uber in Sin City.

New York – In Uber’s largest market, thousands of drivers are living in poverty. City Council approved several bills to regulate for-hire vehicles, which includes a cap on the number of drivers who can drive for Uber and Lyft, and establishes minimum pay rates to ensure drivers can make a living.


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