Paris court announced on Thursday the judgement to fine Uber €800,000 ($907,000), half suspended, for illegally running its UberPoP service last year. Two of the company’s executives were also be fined.
UberPoP service, which connected ordinary drivers using their own cars as a taxi driver and clients using an app in smartphone, was launched in Paris in early 2014. The service was banned by Uber France under the pressure from licensed taxi drivers in France on January 1, 2015.
The charges Uber faced including complicity in illegally organizing taxi services and operating an illegal transport service, running deceptive commercial practices, and illegally gathering and storing clients’ data. Two of Uber’s executives, France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, were also be fined by Paris court. Simphal was charged €30,000 ($34,000) and Gore-Coty was fined €20,000 ($23,000), also half suspended.
France is not the only country who is fighting against UberPoP service, many European countries are try to ban the service. It was banned in Netherlands and Brussels. On Thursday, a court in Frankfurt just turned down the company’s appeal against setting strict fine for violation of local transport rules to uphold Germany’s ban of UberPoP service.
"We are disappointed by this decision," an Uber France’s spokesman said after Thursday's judgement. Uber also said it would appeal the court ruling for the permission of the services that would create thousands of job opportunities. The company also hopes the European Commission to have more tolerant attitude. Although Uber will appeal to European court, the UberPoP service may not come back to France soon.