Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Uber | posted June 30, 2015 14:23
France bans Uber, arrests top brass of UberPop
France has just declared war on the ride-sharing app Uber as the police recently arrested two executives of UberPop that operate in the country.
According to reports, Thibault Simphal, Director General of Uber France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Director General of Uber Europe, were taken into custody last Monday as part of an ongoing probe by the government in the ride-sharing/booking app that sparked several violent protests from taxi drivers in France.
The two executives are being investigated for 'inciting illegal employment' as French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve previously suggested that UberPop was effectively encouraging private drivers to break the law. The government expounded on this by stating that Uber drivers are considered as part an 'illegal organization' since they are asking clients money for transport but are not paying social contributions.
Just last week, taxi drivers in France protested against the ride-booking app where several cars under Uber were damaged from the riots caused by the angry protesters. As a result, France officially declared a crackdown against UberPop.
Originally however, UberPop is allowed to operate in the country until September as the constitutional court has given the ride-booking app some time. But with ongoing protests making things worse in France's public transport, the government has ultimately decided to deem Uber illegal.
Cazeneuve has tried to ease the tension by asking authorities in Paris to impose a ban on the said ride-booking app.
“I have given instructions, considering the grave problems with public order and the development of this illegal activity, to the police prefecture in Paris to ban UberPop activities,” said Cazeneuve.
The Interior Minister added that Uber could also be found guilty of 'illicit transportation of people' under article 40 of the country's penal code which will slap the accused of a 2-year prison sentence and EUR 300,000 fine (about PhP 15.1 million).
Source: The Local France