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Australia Takes Legal Action Against Uber

Australia Takes Legal Action Against Uber
Australia Takes Legal Action Against Uber

Legal action is being taken against ride-share company Uber for not having the right licence to operate in Western Australia, ZDnet reported on Tuesday.

The state’s Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Australian state government had filed the first prosecution “to do with UberX and ride sharing without having a licence”.

“And there are many more to come in coming weeks,” Nalder told ABC radio.

Uber launched in Perth in May last year, with Nalder at the time calling on his department to check whether the taxi app was in compliance with the law.

The move to take legal action against Uber directly comes after dozens of people involved with the Uber ride-sharing service were reportedly targeted by the Western Australia Department of Transport for operating unlicensed taxi services in Perth. Western Australia’s Department of Transport general manager of passenger services Aaron De Rozario said that it had issued notices for financial and contractual documents to gather evidence for a potential prosecution of the individuals.

Uber has faced regulatory scrutiny in many of the markets in which it operates globally, including China, India, and Taiwan, as well as Australia, while its drivers in many regions have been issued with fines for contravening local public transport regulation and legislation.

The California-based company has made a habit of paying for its drivers’ fines in some markets, in order for them to continue driving without bearing the brunt of punitive action taken by local regulators.

In January, the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services began issuing court attendance notifications to Uber drivers within the company’s Sydney footprint.

The Californian company still hasn’t entered the Iranian market; however, other competition like Germany’s Rocket Internet have with their own app called Taxiyaab, the app has been met with bemusement by many in Tehran as traditional agency taxis continue to be a far quicker alternative to looking for an app and typing in your destination.