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Uber Alles? Nein!
Uber Hits Snag in South Korea

Regulators slammed yet another door on Uber on Monday as as authorities in Seoul, South Korea, announced plans to seek a ban on the car sharing service. The Financial Times reports:

Seoul’s city government has launched an effort to ban Uber, dealing a blow to the Asian expansion drive of the $18bn driver-hailing smartphone app that has faced furious opposition from taxi drivers around the world.

“Uber is hurting the good people of the taxi industry,” said Kim Kyung-ho, head of the Seoul city transport department.

A city government statement on Monday pointed to a series of alleged legal breaches and said it was developing a similar app that will direct customers to licensed taxis. The city will petition national authorities to shut down Uber’s “illegal” operations in Seoul, a spokeswoman later added.

Just as it originally did in the United States, Uber offers only its high-end car service in Seoul, not its taxi equivalent, UberX. For now it will face an uphill battle to get even this limited service established.

Uber has hit snags before in its expansion plans in the United States and abroad. Usually these come in the form of protests by taxi drivers, who then pressure licensing bodies to combat the company. Uber’s carefully cultivated image as an outsider and a disruptor may prove more problematic in Asia, however, especially where large, native corporations work closely with government.

As the Financial Times points out, Uber is undeterred, pursuing aggressive expansion plans across the Pacific Rim. Will its innovative business model be able to overcome official resistance?

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  • FriendlyGoat

    All ordinary citizens, in America, anyway, will pay extra for car insurance unless the Uber and Lyft business models are forced to insure their drivers COMPLETELY from the corporate level. Your local State Farm and Geico actuaries did not rate regular car insurance for this development and every time they respond to any kind of car-for-hire liability directly or indirectly they will bill YOU until it is stopped. Who else would they bill?

    This is not just “good” Uber against “bad” cab monopolies. This miracle of the smartphone must pay for itself and not freeload ANY PART of the liability onto the general public. As of now, I don’t think that’s the case.

  • Charlie

    Lyft is great! Ride for free

    1. Download the app
    2. Enter code LOSANGELES (works nationwide)
    3. Request and enjoy your free ride
    4. Repeat on another phone to ride again free

  • Amy Driver

    I have made Lyft a section of my daily routine. I am a student that is very active and that i just do not have the necessary time or taxi cabs. I actually don’t have the cash to afford a car payment but Lyft is simple and fairly affordable for me to get. Lyft has saved me when I have a couple of drinks with my friends many times as well as go out. Obtaining a ride that is totally free to check the service out was a triumph in my own novel, haha.

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