Uber taxi app banned in Spain

Judge said Uber drivers didn't have official authorisation and accused the service of "unfair competition"

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Uber taxi app banned in Spain An Uber spokesman said the company was "still operating" in Spain. (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  December 10, 2014

A judge has ordered that taxi booking service Uber must stop operating in Spain after a series of protests by taxi associations.

According to the BBC, following a complaint by the Madrid Taxi Association which has to raise a €10,000 down-payment before the ruling can come into effect, the judge said Uber drivers didn't have official authorisation and accused the service of "unfair competition".

An Uber spokesman said the company was "still operating" in Spain and described the Spanish ruling, which could suspend the UberPop ride-sharing service across the country, as "highly unusual".

"UberPop is our ride-sharing solution and is about sharing the costs of vehicle ownership and helping people give up their cars," an Uber spokesman said, "and we will continue to run the service".

"This ruling is inconsistent with broad political acknowledgement in Spain and across the European Union on the benefits of sharing economy services.

"Uber will continue to comply with Spanish law and is currently assessing its legal options under this sudden and unusual proceeding," the spokesman added.

The Spanish order comes just a day after Uber was blacklisted in the Indian capital Delhi.

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