Uber will temporarily stop its services in Vienna and test operations in Linz, Graz and Salzburg – UberX, Green, Black and Van. The pilot projects have been postponed until further notice, a spokeswoman said on the basis of a decision of the Vienna Arbitration Court.
Uber has long been in a legal conflict with the taxi industry. The Vienna Taxi Center 40100 recently obtained a decision in the Vienna Arbitration Court, according to which Uber “was forbidden to provide transportation services without opening a (national) branch office and obtain a commercial license.” Before that decision Uber had racked up fines of over a million, which it refused to pay to the Austrian government. Taxi 40100’s mystery guests proved again and again that Uber illegally used ‘Mietwagen’ to carry out taxi services.
On Thursday Uber announced it would cease trading in Austria. At a court hearing on Monday, it was decided that Uber in Austria needs a license to provide services. The service will be terminated until it is received. Uber expects to (re)start its services later in August. “Unfortunately, we have no choice but to temporarily stop servicing in Austria. We are already adapting our model and will be back in the next few weeks,” the carrier’s written statement says.
The proposed new legislation for the taxi industry – to come into force next Year – stipulates that ‘Mietwagen’ (FHV) as a category will disappear. The only FHV will be the taxi. Uber intends to fight the decision of the Austrian legislator.
- Uber ceases operations in Austria – temporarily.