Uber suspends another international service while evaluating whether there is a commercial case to continue operations after regulatory changes.
In a blog post announcing the imminent suspension of its UberX service in Athens, the company writes: "New local regulations were recently voted on with provisions affecting shared-travel services, we have to assess whether we can operate within this new framework and how we will do it, so we will suspend uberX in Athens from next Tuesday until we can find an appropriate solution. "
Reuters reports that the new rules in Greece include stipulations for even the requirement that each trip begin and end at the designated seat or parking area of the fleet partner, something that Uber does not do.
The regulation also requires that a digital record of all shared-travel platforms and their passengers be created. 19659002] Uber entered the Greek market in 2015, and says that around 450,000 games have been reserved in the market through its application, so it is clearly not an important market for the company.
While Uber is suspending its par-a- The peer transportation service in Athens says it will continue with its brand-name taxi service, UberTaxi, which does not face the same regulatory hurdles.
Taxi drivers in Athens organized an anti-Uber s trike last month to protest the continued presence of non-professional drivers. The local press reports that taxi unions have been pushing for laws to regulate rivals.
Elsewhere in Europe, Uber used a professional taxi service as a vehicle to return to some markets: it reopened an offer in Barcelona month, for example, after buying private licenses for rental vehicles from a local operator.
The Catalan capital continues to be an attractive market for operators who come as the host city of several technology conferences, including the largest mobile fair in the world that attracts 100k + smartphones that wield visitors every year.
However, local taxi associations have also been firm in challenging the legality of the model of a ride in Haiti. And continue to actively protest the players of applications like Uber and Cabify invading the market.
In other European markets, Uber has completely withdrawn service, such as Denmark, from which it retired a year ago, also blaming a new taxi law.
He also terminated UberX in Hungary in 2016 – stating that government legislation made it impossible to operate there.
While in London, United Kingdom – Uber's most important European market – the company's license to operate was withdrawn last September, although it can (and still does) operate in the city during the appeal process.
Transport for London cited security concerns and anti-regulation activity among its reasons for not renewing Uber's license. The regulator also recently published a policy statement that sets out its priorities for updating the regulations in order to take into account the dizzying sector of bicycle travel, with safety also among its main declared priorities to shape the new rules.