Uber not sharing
Uber is having problems keeping its vehicles on the road. Having recently been banished from the streets of Thailand and Spain, the company now faces a ban in Seoul where the authorities are saying that Uber simply isn’t part of the sharing economy. “Uber does not go hand in hand with the city’s envisioned sharing economy since it does not abide by laws that require transportation businesses to take safety measures for the public.” The city government says. “It only seeks profits by connecting riders with unauthorised drivers.”
Seoul has passed an ordinance which would allow the urban authorities to fine Uber drivers around $900 for plying their trade. “The city will crack down on those car rental businesses and individual drivers who cooperate with Uber Technologies,” the government states.
In the US, Uber has already been banned in Nevada, while the company last week agreed to stop offering its services in Portland, Oregon, for three months while the city revises its regulations for ride-sharing businesses.
In a conciliatory tone at odds with its regular bullish stance, Uber says it “is dedicated to curating and continuing a important and constructive relationship with Portland's lawmakers, functioning to generate a regulatory framework that performs for absolutely everyone, not just us.”
Which sounds a far more sharing attitude than we’ve heard to date.