Dutch court upholds ban on controversial UberPop service

Taxi service UberPop is to remain banned in the Netherlands but the company’s UberX service does meet Dutch taxi legislation, judges said on Thursday.

Uber stopped its controversial Uberpop service in the Netherlands in November 2015 after it was branded illegal by the Dutch courts and the company was handed down several fines. Uberpop allows unlicenced drivers to use their own cars as taxis and has been banned in several other countries.

The company appeal court on Thursday upheld the lower court’s ruling and said three fines totaling €360,000 were justified. However a second fine of €650,000 which Uber faced for its UberX service was wrongful, the court said, because  UberX drivers are licenced.

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