Uber is finding itself in a whirl wind of problems as the low cost taxi operating service managed through smart phone apps faces legal challenges. India is considering banning the provider following a rape of a passenger by a driver. There is now criticism in Sydney Australia where customers fleeing the area after a hostage taking incident were charged four times the normal taxi rate. Uber are currently appealing a case before the Parisian courts for deceptive marketing. The present French government legislative attack is based on a claim that Uber conducts unfair competitive practices because it is a taxi service which does not meet current legislative requirements, which include passenger insurance. This side of the channel, the British Government remain relatively benign but for how much longer? Will consumer groups such as Which begin to look at passenger protection issues such as insurance ? Will the Government look at regulating the Uber market?
Only days after Uber dodged a potential ban in Paris, the French government on Monday indicated that the company’s low-cost service could now be outlawed nationwide as of Jan. 1.