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Italy court blocks Uber services in Italy, citing unfair competition

The nationwide Uber ban in Italy seems to be just the cherry on top of Uber's recent turmoil.

A judge ruled against Uber Friday in a lawsuit filed by Italy's major taxi associations, according to Reuters, claiming the smartphone-based transportation company promotes unfair competition.

The Guardian reported that the court gave Uber ten days to comply with the order.

As previously mentioned, this is not the first time that Uber faces troubles over its practices. Taxi groups say Uber drivers dodge numerous costs and regulations impacting taxis, putting taxi drivers at a competitive disadvantage.

Uber said in a statement: "We are shocked by the Italian's court decision and will appeal". "We will work endlessly to allow thousands of professional drivers to continue working through the Uber app and simultaneously enable all citizens to be able to freely choose now to navigate".

In Italy, cities issue a set number of taxi licenses annually, which can cost up to 200,000 euros ($212,000), forcing drivers to stay on the road for years to pay it off.

The court's ruling follows a decision by a court in Milan two years ago to ban the company's UberPop application, which was deemed under Italian law to encourage the provision of taxi services by unlicensed drivers.

Meanwhile, following similar complaints in Iran, the Tehran Taxi Association that had lobbied for the partly foreign-owned Snapp and Tap30 to be banned for "illegal" operations, recently created their own ride-hailing app called Carpino. Despite an appeal, that decision was upheld at a later hearing in Turin.


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