Milan court blocks Uberpop

A Milan administrative court (TAR) has provisionally blocked the use of Uberpop throughout Italy, until the case brought by Milan taxi associations can be heard.

The Milan taxi associations have lodged their court case on the grounds that the cost-cutting private taxi service is unfair competition and violates the official regulations that govern public taxi licensing.

Anyone with a driving licence and a car can offer themselves as an Uberpop driver and such services are available to the public via the Uberpop app.

The consumers' association Codacons has criticised the Milan court decision on the grounds that it limits competition and is at the expense of the public. The president of Codacons, Carlo Renzi, recommends instead that Uberpop should be integrated into the present taxi service rather than banned completely, and has appealed to the ministry of transport for guidelines.