A Colombian judge this week asked Uber to suspend its online car operations in the colombian. Earlier, a technology platform filed a lawsuit alleging that Uber provided services through unfair competition. A judge at Columbia’s business regulator, which oversees the market, said in a statement Friday that a judge in the department ruled that Uber’s app violated competition rules. Earlier, taxi service platform Cotech SA sued Uber.
In a separate statement, the department said: “Such conduct violates market regulations, gives a clear advantage in the market and leads to the departure of Cotech users.” ”
Andres Barreto, the head of the department, said that while the directive required Uber to suspend service “immediately”, it would not be mandatory unless a separate motion was filed to require uber to do so. Uber can still offer takeaways locally, he said.
A spokesman for Uber said: “For many years, we have been actively working to bring reasonable shared travel regulations to Colombia. We regret today’s decision by the Colombian Business Administration, which has failed to comply with Colombian law and routine processes. Uber has appealed the decision.
Uber’s business is facing challenges around the world. In London, one of Uber’s biggest markets, regulators revoked Uber’s operating licence last month. The department had previously concluded that it was “inappropriate” for Uber to continue operating because it failed to properly vet drivers, putting passenger safety at risk. Regulators are currently considering An appeal by Uber, which will continue to operate in London during this period.
Earlier this week, a German court ruled that Uber had violated local traffic control laws. Uber said it was working to resolve the violation and continued to operate.
Uber’s business in Colombia is not strong. In October, Uber abandoned plans to invest $40 million locally to set up support and service centers. Uber says more than 2 million people in Colombia use its service, with 88,000 drivers.