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Ride-share giant Uber today said that it will be terminating operations in another country — Denmark. Uber was reportedly unable to persuade the Danish government to change its taxi laws in such a way that would make Uber’s business model viable. Denmark’s new rules for taxis require the use of taxi meters and cameras for surveillance, and they also set a limit of 125 taxi operator licenses per quarter, which Uber says would result in a situation requiring several years before all its drivers were licensed.
When Uber ceases operating in Copenhagen on April 18, it’ll leave behind an estimated 2,000 drivers and 300,000 riders. The company has said that it will continue to try to persuade the Danish government to reconsider its stance, but that’s unlikely to happen, as the government maintains that the ride-share operations in the country have always been illegal.
Uber’s exit from Denmark is just the latest in a string of service discontinuations in different locations around the globe. Last year, the city of Austin, Texas became involved in a dispute with both Uber and Lyft involving the city’s requirement that all drivers be subject to a fingerprint-based background check. Thus, both Uber and Lyft voluntarily exited the market and have yet to return. Then Uber effectively left mainland China after the company sold its unprofitable operation to a local competitor named Didi Chuxing. It then became embroiled in a lawsuit with the city of Newark, New Jersey against the local Cab Association. It prevailed and operations continue in Newark today, but it was a high-profile case that had many wondering if Uber would be forced to shut down at one of the nation’s busiest airports. Most recently, Uber has paused operations in Taiwan (though it hasn’t indicated if it will ever return) due to a dispute with the Taiwanese government after it declared Uber’s services to be illegal.
While it may seem like Uber is being pushed out of more and more cities and countries, the list of cities in which it operates is enormous and continues to grow. The rise of other ride-share services unique to certain cities, such as Juno, Gett and Via, have also given Uber a run for its money — but for now, Uber remains a powerful and popular force among travelers all over the world.
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