Uber is one of the most loved and most hated new companies, with some customers thrilled about saving money with the fast, convenient ride sharing service, and others with series complaints. The company just finished a successful $1.4 billion funding round and now has a market cap of $41 billion, but it faces serious objections to its business model and safety record around the world and has been banned in many cities. Still, that doesn’t stop the company from giving 140 million rides in 50 countries. Marketwatch lists 11 countries that have issues with Uber.
1. Spain: a judge ruled the Uber violated Spanish laws and was anti-competitive. Uber suspended service temporarily.
2. France: Uberpop will be banned in the country.
3. Australia: Uber allegedly raised prices during the hostage crisis in Sydney (how do you spell tacky?)
4. India: After it was alleged an Uber driver raped a woman in Dehli, service was suspended.
5. Thailand: In response to India’s rape charge, Thailand also suspended service. The Thais also aren’t fond of the credit card only technology
6. Netherlands: A judge said Uber was illegal because of insufficient licenses. Uber management plans to appeal.
8. Russia is another company that doesn’t want unregulated taxis taking over.
9. Taiwan isn’t happy with Uber because the government said it misled customers.
10. Philippines doesn’t like Uber because drivers lack proper licenses.
11. South Korea: Last but not least, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was indicted for operating his company in Seoul without a license.