BOGOTA, colombia (Reuters) – Colombia on Friday ordered Uber (UBER.(N) to stop the drive of its operations in the Andean country, with immediate effect, after a judge ruled the company violated the competition law.
FILE PHOTO: the Uber logo is displayed in the branch office in Bogota, Colombia, on December 12, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Luisa Gonzalez/File Photo
After a lawsuit was filed against Uber by COTECH in SA, the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (“SIC”), said that the U.S. company has violated the market’s rules and regulations.
Uber has more than 2.3 million active users in Colombia, as well as around 88,000 driver partners.
The app, however, has existed in a legal no-man’s land in France. The Technology, of the Ministry of the eight-ride-coming apps are legal, while the transport authorities to say that they are against the law.
In a statement, the SIC said, Uber is generated is an important advantage in the market due to the build-up of transportation services for individuals to use the application.
The SIC said that, as a result of the analysis, it is ordered, Uber’s ride-hailing services “is due to the use of the Uber application is to immediately cease and desist.” Note that in order to apply to Uber, Uber X, and Uber ON.
Uber said in a statement that it rejected the decision, and right away, she said.
“This decision reflects, in an act of censorship, and it is a breach of the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights, which has already been convicted and sentenced, there are attempts to block Uber, for violating the neutrality of the web, freedom of expression and the freedom of the internet,” Uber said in a statement.
Andres Barreto, chief of the SIC confirmed that the other Uber services, such as food delivery service-Uber is Eating, is not prohibited by the decree.
In August, Uber was to be punished by a fine of more than $629,000 to interfere with an administrative visit, and for the non-compliance of the SIC order.
Reporting by Nelson Bocanegra; Additional reporting and writing by Oliver Griffin; Editing by Leslie Adler