Switzerland - Uber suspends activities in Zurich - August 31, 2017

The car-share firm Uber has abandoned its cheap UberPop service in the city of Zurich after increasing controversy over the fact that its drivers do not have a professional licence. The app-based ride-share service essentially allows anyone to become a taxi driver with an own car. Drivers must be over 21 and own a car with four doors, but they need not be a professional taxi driver. But the legality of the service has long been questioned. In June, Zurich’s government said that any driver who does not have a taxi permit is operating illegally and should be fined. Trade union Unia hailed Uber’s decision to withdraw the service from Zurich as a ‘partial victory’. Unia continues its fight in other cities, like Basel, that still tolerate the Uber services.

English: https://www.thelocal.ch/20170810/uber-cancels-low-cost-uberpop-service-in-zurich

Union reaction (German): https://www.unia.ch/de/aktuell …  

Union reaction (French): https://www.unia.ch/fr/actualites ...  

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