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Uber faces indictment in S Korea over unlicensed drivers

Seoul clamps down, seeks to regulate Internet cabbie company

Uber faces indictment in S Korea over unlicensed drivers
Any driver can register with Uber, including those who are not licensed cabbies.

The South Korean arm of Uber Technologies faces an indictment brought by local prosecutors over failure to observe regulations regarding public transport, Reuters reported, citing the Yonhap News Agency.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is named in the indictment, which takes the Internet cab firm to task for allowing unlicensed drivers to use its service.

Uber provides a mobile app- and Web-based service that matches drivers to passengers, but any driver can register, including those who are not licensed cabbies. Last week, Seoul's municipal authorities passed legislation that would fine Uber drivers that are not registered as taxi drivers, and financially reward anyone reporting such drivers.

No arrests are expected as part of the indictment, Yonhap said, adding that those named face a maximum fine of around $18,000 or a jail term of up to two years.

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