The Spanish Ministry of Public Works published two days ago the first official warning to Uber and – likely also – BlaBlaCar. Government officials warn that fines can reach 600 euros for users of the service, up to 6,000 euros for the drivers and 18,000 euros for repeat offenders.
Yesterday, the Generalitat of Catalunya announced an opened cause against Uber in Catalunya, fines for the drivers and the request of the termination of the service.
Some weeks ago we reported on the illegality of UberPOP in Barcelona and the warnings of a nation-wide taxi strike if the government didn’t do anything.
Seems not only the government is warning of potential action against Uber, but the Spanish taxi industry is going on a country-wide strike against Uber today, with slogans like: “On war against Uber”.
They’re not the only ones in Europe doing so either.
“No one says Uber drivers shouldn’t pay taxes, follow the rules and protect the consumers. But banning Uber doesn’t helps them make things right”
And just yesterday:
— Ryan Heath (@RyanHeathEU) June 10, 2014
It’s important to remember that despite Uber’s claims, they are, in fact, technically illegal in Spain.
BlaBlaCar is in a legal limbo but strictly speaking they’re in compliance with the law. The Spanish Uber competitor Cabify, which recently announced the involvement of the Winklevoss brothers as investors, is the only one legally operating in the country.
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