The French government said today it plans to ban uberPOP starting in January. The announcement came just as Paris taxi drivers planned to protest a court ruling that went in Uber’s favor last week.
While Uber’s other services can continue to operate in France, the block on its low-cost uberPOP service represents a big setback for the company. And it comes as the San Francisco ride-sharing company continues to reel from a wave of bad publicity and a growing number of similar bans around the world.
France’s interior ministry said that a law passed earlier this year made uberPOP illegal, in part because the drivers did not have proper insurance, according to a report from Reuters.
“Not only is it illegal to offer this service but additionally for the consumer there is a real danger,” ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet was quoted as saying.
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