Uber Is Leaving Denmark After Rough Two Years

Alon Lits General Manager,Sub-Saharan Africa,Uber

Uber is again taking its toys and going home, this time leaving the entire country of Denmark after the country passed new taxi regulations that require drivers for hire to have meters and seat sensors, which apply to app-based transportation networks.

Uber said it would continue to try to persuade the government to change the rules, but in the meantime it is ditching the country.

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Uber will discontinue its ride-hailing service in Denmark next month.

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Now the US-based company employs 2,000 drivers in Denmark and about 300,000 people people use its app.

"It is probably illegal in its current form", said Birk Olesen, adding, "I believe that we must be open to new technologies and innovative business models".

Uber driver Nicolai Jørgensen told Politiken that he had worked as a driver for the service to pay for expenses like auto finance, road tax, fuel and maintenance.

Some Danish government officials, however lamented Uber's departure.

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He said Uber's departure would help 6,000 taxi drivers in Denmark continue making a living.

Uber will no longer operate in the country after April 18, it announced on Tuesday, citing the proposed taxi law introduced in February. One-upmanship with the law has never gone Uber's way thus far. The case will arrive at court before the finish of April.

Uber's spokesman said the company would retain its 40 engineers in the Danish city of Aarhus, who develop software for the global market. A license would be required to perform such services. Those changes, scheduled to take effect next year, cap new taxi driver licenses at 125 per quarter.

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