Dec 19, 2019

Court bans Uber's ride-hailing services in Germany

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A German court on Thursday banned Uber in the country after it ruled that the U.S. company doesn't have a license to offer transport services using rental cars, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Uber, which is active in seven German cities, also lost its license to drive passengers in London in November after city regulators claimed it risked passenger safety.

What they're saying: A person close to the company told Reuters that Uber will shift its European operations, and the company is considering legal action against the German court's ruling.

  • “We will assess the court’s ruling and determine next steps to ensure our services in Germany continue,” an Uber spokesperson said.

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Travis Kalanick is leaving Uber's board

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Travis Kalanick is stepping down as a board director with Uber, the company announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Kalanick is credited with growing Uber into a global phenomenon, changing the way people get around town. But he's also responsible for a problematic culture, which contributed to his mid-2017 firing as CEO.

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Uber to stop operating in Colombia following court order

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Uber will halt its operations in Colombia at the end of the month, after a judge found the transportation company violated the country's competition rules, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Uber is likely to look for ways to get back into Columbia, though this comes as a blow to a business that is trying to show investors it can turn a profit and continue growing, especially in regions like Latin America. Uber called the decision "arbitrary" in a statement, and said it violated its right to due process, per Reuters.

Go deeper: Uber rolls out changes to California ride-hailing in wake of new law

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Uber rolls out changes to California ride-hailing in wake of new law

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Uber is rolling out a number of changes to its ride-hailing service in California due to a new state law with stricter requirements to classify a worker as an independent contractor, according to a new customer email.

Why it matters: Uber has said it doesn't believe the law will force it to reclassify drivers because its core business is technology, not transportation, but it's unsurprising the company is taking steps to give (in practice and appearance) more autonomy to its drivers to protect itself.

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