Uber Kicked Out of Denmark as Terrible Year Continues

Uber has had a difficult year | Courtesy of Jeramey Lende / Shutterstock.com
Uber has had a difficult year | Courtesy of Jeramey Lende / Shutterstock.com
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Tech Editor28 March 2017

Uber is not having the best year. The ride hailing company has been through a political scandal in the U.S., allegations of sexual harassment, the resignation of its president, and much more. The latest blow has landed in Scandinavia, where new laws have forced Uber to halt services in Denmark.

Starting in April, Uber will withdraw its services in Denmark due to new taxi laws that make fare meters mandatory. The company has been operating in Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, for less than three years.

“For us to operate in Denmark again the proposed regulations need to change. We will continue to work with the government in the hope that they will update their proposed regulations and enable Danes to enjoy the benefits of modern technologies like Uber,” Uber said in a statement.

Uber says it employs around 2,000 drivers in Denmark, and around 300,000 people use the app. Uber will allocate resources to help the drivers through the transition.

The company has faced opposition from taxi drivers and governments all over the world, but continues to gain territory the world over regardless. Uber’s woes have piled up on the company this year. The hashtag #deleteuber was trending back in January after the company’s conduct during protests against Donald Trump’s travel ban. In February, the company’s culture was questioned after multiple allegations of sexual harassment of female employees.

Also in February, Google, one of Uber’s investors, sued the company for intellectual property theft. Google accused Uber of using stolen technology to advance its self-driving car technology. At the end of that month CEO Travis Kalanick was caught on camera berating an Uber driver. Then in March, Uber’s president Jeff Jones announced he was leaving after only six months in the role, saying “the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided [his] career are inconsistent with what [he] saw and experienced at Uber.”

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