French Court Convicts UBER Over Taxi Practices
A couple of UBER executives were convicted yesterday for deceptive commercial practices and illegal business activity over its lowest cost ride service. The court fined the Company 800,000 euros whereas the Uber executive Pierre-Dimitry Gore-Coty 30,000 euros and Uber’s France general manager Thibaud Simphal 20,000 euros. Half of all the fines were though suspended.
The court did not sentence them to prison and also rejected a prosecutor’s request to ban both the Uber executives from running any company for five years. The fines levied were lower than the 100 million euros in damages that traditional taxi services had demanded.
The UberPop service was accused of unfair competition as it uses non-professional drivers. UberPop is now banned in France but Uber still operates a service with professional drivers.
During the first trial for Uber managers Simphal and Gore-Coty, their lawyers argued of them not being legal representatives for Uber France. The lawyers further went on to mention before the court that the two executives had no such mandate from the shareholders and are only salaried managers dealing mostly with marketing and advertising.
In France, more than 200 Uberpop drivers have been fined and the company has been fined for 150, 000 euros after being convicted of deceptive commercial practices by a Paris court.
In the year 2014, the French Parliament voted to outlaw UberPop and other similar services. Though UberPop has suspended its service in France last July, the standard app-based app-based service still prompts occasional strikes and clashes with taxi drivers.
In Spain and Italy, Uber is banned entirely.