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Notably, most of the original values missed the mark. The first value called for being obsessed with the customer. Nowhere in the list was safety, respect or inclusivity. Uber disrupted for the sake of disruption, and won for the sake of winning. Like businesses such as AirBnB or Alibaba , Uber is set up as a sort of exchange whose success requires the balance of suppliers, consumers and communities.
The fulcrum of this balancing act is purpose. Uber went to war against drivers, first the taxis and then the people who drove for Uber, whom Uber refused to acknowledge as employees. One could argue that Uber succeeded by dehumanizing its workforce. After years of going in the wrong direction, Uber is faced with a culture debt. In order to fix cultural issues of that magnitude, you have to retool the foundation you were built upon. Uber has yet to do that. Although Uber disrupted the taxi industry and built a huge network of services, the lack of a higher cause left it vulnerable.
If the founders had built Uber around a brand purpose of, for example, providing easy, safe, and affordable transportation for everyone, they might have built everything differently. They might have partnered with local governments to solve local transportation issues. They might have built a loyal community of drivers at fairer wages and filled in transportation gaps without destroying the taxi industry.
They might have created a female-friendly culture that hired more female engineers and built in features to account for better safety for both riders and drivers. Uber began operations in Norway in According to the Norwegian Professional Transport Act, a taxi license is required to charge for passenger transport "addressed to general public on public space"  In , an Uber driver was acquitted because the court found that communication through a mobile app was not to be regarded as "public space.
Amid opposition from taxi companies, On May 10, , ridesharing companies gained legal ground to operate, with the country's Department of Transportation and Communications giving them a new classification as The Transportation Network Vehicle Service. The country requires a GPS system installed, a young fleet of vehicles, and the appropriate permits.
Taxis were also given a chance to compete by also giving them a sub-classification that matches features found in Uber and other similar services. Uber suspended service for a month on August 14, due to the defiance of LTFRB's order on not to accredit drivers in their systems starting July 26, In August , the Philippines set additional regulations for ridesharing companies including fare transparency, acceptance rates for bookings and faster response time to complaints, with fines for non-compliance.
Following the commencement of Uber services in Warsaw in , Jaroslaw Iglikowski, chief of the Union of Warsaw Taxi Drivers, said: "We will put pressure on politicians, and demand that they change the regulations [for firms offering taxi services]. In June , after a protest by 2, taxi drivers, Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that Poland may impose more regulations on Uber.
In April , Poland announced new licensing requirements for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Taxify. On April 29, , a protest including 2, taxi drivers took place in major cities in Portugal. In October , thousands of Portuguese cab drivers blocked access to Lisbon International Airport to protest government plans to legalize and regulate ridesharing companies. In December , Uber was ruled to be illegal in Portugal.
In May , the Romanian Parliament adopted a law which banned transport services by unauthorized drivers, effectively making Uber illegal; however, Uber continues to operate in Romania as it battles in the courts.
In June , Uber was banned in Cluj. On June 25, , the Romanian Government passed an emergency ordinance which regulates alternative transport servicies, such as Uber and Bolt. The law will come into effect after a transition period which can takes up to 6 months. In March , Saudi Arabia banned Uber and Careem from picking up at the airport, citing license requirements. Saudi Arabia had earlier banned the ridesharing companies from allowing non-Saudis to register as drivers.
For safety reasons, all vehicles in Singapore must have booster seats or child restraints for passengers under 1. In September , Singapore required that drivers cannot be exclusive to Grab, in an attempt to open the ridesharing market to competition. Over vehicles operating for the Uber service in Cape Town were impounded in Local transport officials claimed that the service was operating without suitable permits.
In Cape Town, on June 3, , metered taxi drivers blockaded the road to the city's airport and forced passengers out of vehicles whilst attacking Uber drivers. In July , in Johannesburg, Uber and taxi drivers initiated a strike action , blocking roads and, in 3 cases, taking the phones of drivers that did not participate in the strike.
In August , Uber opposed a new law that would prohibit the company from allowing drivers to operate without a license, subject to a fine up up to R,, claiming that many drivers were facing delays in getting permits from government agencies. The Seoul city government released an official statement in July expressing its intention to ban Uber. The city government also initiated a police investigation of Uber in June , but the request was suspended due to a lack of evidence; however, the July statement indicated that the investigation would be recommenced.
In December , Uber announced that the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office had issued an indictment against both the company and Kalanick in regard to the violation of a Korean law prohibiting individuals or firms without appropriate license from providing or facilitating transportation services.
On December 9, , In the absence of any legal provision for private hire, a judge ordered Uber to cease all activities in Spain. In a statement after the ruling, the Spanish court stated that drivers "lack the administrative authorisation to carry out the job, and the activity they carry out constitutes unfair competition. Uber restarted operations in Spain in March , this time using only licensed drivers.
In August , Spanish drivers ended a 6-day strike after the government agreed to set limits on licenses for ridesharing companies. It still operates the service in Basel and Geneva. Issues included failure to insure vehicles, operating like a business without a business license, metered fares unknown to passengers, metered fares not inspected by the Ministry of Transportation and Communication , and failure to report income and pay taxes.
Many drivers had their licenses suspended for violations. On February 2, , Uber announced it will suspend its service in Taiwan after the fines. In April , Uber restarted service in Taiwan.
The company was banned from operation. Following the announcement, Uber drivers faced a maximum 4,baht fine if caught by police.
In May , Uber was forced to shut its motorcycle taxi service. In March , Thai transport authorities began a crackdown on ridesharing companies such as Grab and Uber and urged the government to ban them. Uber launched in Abu Dhabi in In August , Uber and Careem were suspended in Abu Dhabi after some drivers were detained over regulation violations.
Careem resumed operation in December Uber restarted service in Abu Dhabi in November Dubai based transportation network company Careem launched in Uber launched in Dubai in In January , after a long spat with regulators, Uber signed an agreement with the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai and became fully regulated.
Under this deal, Uber is entitled to deploy about 14, vehicles around the city per the law of transportation companies in Dubai. On October 28, , in the case of Aslam v Uber BV , the Central London Employment tribunal ruled that Uber drivers are "workers", rather than self-employed individuals, and are entitled to the minimum wage under the National Minimum Wage Act , paid holiday, and other normal worker entitlements.
Uber appealed the decision. Two Uber drivers had brought the case to the employment tribunal with the assistance of the GMB Union on 20 July On 11 June , London-based Hackney carriage black cab drivers, members of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, disrupted traffic as a protest against Transport for London 's refusal to stop Uber's calculation of fares based on distance and time taken, as they claimed it infringes upon their right to be the sole users of taximeters in London.
On September 22, Transport for London announced that it would not renew the license of Uber's local service provider, which was due to expire at the end of that month. Transport for London declared that Uber London Limited was not "fit and proper" to hold a private hire operator license, citing concerns over the company's approach to reporting serious criminal offences, obtaining medical certificates and Disclosure and Barring Service checks, and the use of Uber Greyball.
Uber indicated that it would appeal the decision. Uber had applied for a 5-year license. Uber withdrew from the appeal on March 14, with the plan to reapply for the license. On May 1, , Brighton and Hove City Council 's licensing panel refused to renew Uber's private hire operator license in the city. It cited "significant concerns" about the car hailing app's data breach in , and whether the company was adhering to its commitment to use only Brighton and Hove licensed drivers in the city.
In July , ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft became legal across Alabama. The state argued that Uber was misclassifying drivers as contractors instead of employees, which was illegal. In May , Uber received a cease-and-desist letter from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency , claiming it was operating an unlicensed taxi service, and another legal demand from the California Public Utilities Commission CPUC that it was operating an unlicensed limousine dispatch.
Both claimed criminal violations and demanded that the company cease operations. In response, the company, among other things, changed its name from UberCab to Uber. In September , the CPUC unanimously voted to make the agreement permanent, creating a new category of service called transportation network company to cover Lyft, UberX, SideCar, and Summon , thereby making California the first jurisdiction to recognize such services.
The bill amended "the Passenger Charter-party Carriers' Act to enact specified requirements for liability insurance coverage for transportation network companies, as defined, and their participating drivers. As a breach of the bill is classified as a criminal act, a corresponding "state-mandated local program" will be implemented.
In April , a case that was originally filed on December 9, , by the district attorneys of both Los Angeles, California , and San Francisco was resolved. Prosecutors claimed that Uber made misleading statements about the background checks it performs on drivers and falsely charged a "safe ride fee.
On December 14, , the California Department of Motor Vehicles demanded that Uber cease its autonomous car program in San Francisco or obtain a licence, threatening legal action. In June , Colorado became the first state to pass rules for ridesharing companies through the legislative process, when S was signed into law. In July , a new law regulating ridesharing companies in Florida went into effect.
The law requires background checks on all drivers. In September , a class-action lawsuit was filed by taxicab drivers claiming that Uber drivers were not properly licensed. Regulations affecting ridesharing companies in Hawaii were proposed in In April , a law was passed in Idaho that allows ridesharing companies to regulate themselves and not have to deal with regulations or laws imposed by city governments. The law was proposed by a lobbyist for Uber and had been opposed by certain local jurisdictions.
On October 5, , Uber was sued by the taxi and livery companies in Chicago. Uber was accused of violating Chicago city laws and Illinois state laws designed to protect public safety, consumer protection, and fair practices.
In May , Uber was legalized in Kansas. In December , Kentucky imposed regulations on ridesharing companies that include annual licensing application, driver background checks, and driver liability insurance coverage.
In June , Louisiana passed statewide regulations on ridesharing companies, permitting their operation statewide. On August 1, , the Massachusetts Division of Standards issued a cease-and-desist letter to Uber on the grounds that the GPS-based smartphone app was not a certified measurement device, but on August 15, the agency reversed its ruling after prodding by Governor Deval Patrick , saying that technique was satisfactory because it was under study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Uber worked out an arrangement with the city of Boston to share quarterly data on the duration, locations, and times of day in which riders used the app to travel in or out of the city. This information was first delivered to the city in February , and the report kept all individual user data private.
The legislature passed a law formally legalizing and regulating ridesharing companies in July Unlike taxis, rideshare vehicles are prohibited from "cruising" for passengers on streets.
In December , Michigan instituted regulations on ridesharing companies. In July , the Minneapolis City Council voted almost unanimously to legalize ridesharing companies.
In April , statewide regulations governing ridesharing companies in Mississippi were implemented. In May , officials in Jackson, Mississippi wanted more regulations on ridesharing companies. In April , ridesharing companies were legalized statewide in Missouri after a law was passed that requires ridesharing companies to institute driver background checks and pay a licensing fee.
In July , Uber received approval to legally operate in Nebraska. In October , taxi drivers in Lincoln, Nebraska petitioned the government to require rideshare drivers to undergo background checks and physical exams. The temporary injunction was based on the company's failure to file a certificate of public convenience and necessity , which is required for every transportation service in Nevada. The Government of Nevada also claimed that Uber's screening process was not rigorous enough to protect consumers, and failed to conform with the aforementioned regulations.
Uber contested the ruling, arguing that it is an app-based technology company rather than a transportation company, but the company's management made the decision to temporarily shut down its Nevada operations. It also includes requirements that each company get a permit from the state, obtain a driver history report on each driver that meets the provisions of the law, and require their drivers to have liability insurance.
Uber's premium sedan service was not affected. It also forbids the establishment by county and municipal governments of additional regulations upon ridesharing companies and drivers. In December , regulations governing ridesharing companies in Ohio were implemented. The court was asked to stop Uber from operating in Portland.
In February , regulators ratified new rules for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. On July 1, , after implementing fines on Uber and Lyft, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission imposed a cease-and-desist order on the companies. In December , Uber and Lyft received two-year experimental licenses. In December , Checker Cab Philadelphia and 44 other taxi companies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit alleging that Uber was operating illegally in the city.
District Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro denied a motion for a preliminary injunction against Uber. The case was dismissed in August Philadelphia legalized ridesharing companies in November May , Texas HB made the regulation of rideshare companies an exclusive power of the state of Texas.
HB requires annual background checks of drivers but does not require fingerprinting. On May 7, , Uber and Lyft announced they would no longer provide service in Austin after city voters rejected a referendum backed by the ridesharing companies that would have repealed a city ordinance requiring their drivers to submit to fingerprint-based background checks. In late , Uber threatened to leave Houston ahead of Super Bowl LI , insisting various city regulations, including fingerprint background checks of drivers, were too burdensome.
Houston officials and Uber reached a compromise in December , whereby Houston would continue to require a fingerprint check for drivers but eliminate requirements for driver drug testing and physicals through at least February 5, Regulations affecting ridesharing companies were implemented in December On June 5, , the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles issued a cease-and-desist letter to both Uber and Lyft, demanding they halt operations within Virginia.
In March , to appease taxi drivers, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance in March that capped the number of drivers from any ridesharing company on the road at any given time to In December , Spokane instituted licensing requirements that require drivers for ridesharing companies to pay license fees on par with those paid by taxicab drivers. In January , an Uber driver's car was impounded as part of a sting by the Washington, D.
The commissioner said the company was operating an unlicensed taxicab service in the city. City Council passed legislation in September to allow ridesharing companies to operate. In May , Governor Scott Walker signed legislation making it easier for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate without local regulation and oversight. In August , state senators introduced a bill supported by the taxi industry that would require ridesharing companies to conduct criminal background checks including fingerprint checks on all drivers.
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