Uber halted in Thailand and Spain for unfair competition

(AGI) New Delhi, Dec 9 - Thailand has followed India in banningthe ridesharing service Uber. After facing widespread protestsby taxi drivers in Europe, Uber is now dealing with deepertrouble in Asia after a woman was allegedly raped by her driverin New Delhi, prompting India's Minister of Home Affairs,Rajnath Singh, to ban the cab service in the city. Indianpolice arrested the Uber cab driver on Sunday at his home inUttar Pradesh, where officers also found the car where thealleged sexual assault took place, said New Delhi's deputycommissioner Madhur Verma. The arrest followed

(AGI) New Delhi, Dec 9 - Thailand has followed India in banningthe ridesharing service Uber. After facing widespread protestsby taxi drivers in Europe, Uber is now dealing with deepertrouble in Asia after a woman was allegedly raped by her driverin New Delhi, prompting India's Minister of Home Affairs,Rajnath Singh, to ban the cab service in the city. Indianpolice arrested the Uber cab driver on Sunday at his home inUttar Pradesh, where officers also found the car where thealleged sexual assault took place, said New Delhi's deputycommissioner Madhur Verma. The arrest followed the chargesfiled by the passenger, a 26-year-old woman who had requestedan Uber cab the previous Friday in southern New Delhi. Thedriver had already been arrested for sexual harassment threeyears before, and was hired by Uber six months ago without aproper background check, police said. Uber is taking part inthe investigation, but according to sources cited by NDTV, thecompany itself may be found criminally liable. Furthermore,Uber did not have the necessary permits to operate in NewDelhi, police added. "Every violation by Uber will be evaluatedand we will go for legal recourse", Verma affirmed. Uber's CEOTravis Kalanick said in a statement: "What happened over theweekend in New Delhi is horrific. Our entire team's hearts goout to the victim of this despicable crime. We will doeverything, I repeat, everything to help bring this perpetratorto justice and to support the victim and her family in herrecovery." Kalanick added, "We will work with the government toestablish clear background checks currently absent in theircommercial transportation licensing programs. We will alsopartner closely with the groups who are leading the way onwomen's safety here in New Delhi and around the country andinvest in technology advances to help make New Delhi a safercity for women". In Spain, a judge banned Uber from operatingin the country after numerous taxi companies filed a caseagainst it. The court found that Uber does not have thenecessary authorisations to run its business and that itviolates the rules of fair competition. (AGI) . .