• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Uber eyes appeal against Spain ban

George Mills · 10 Dec 2014, 09:25

Published: 09 Dec 2014 09:25 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Dec 2014 09:25 GMT+01:00

In his ruling on the ban, the judge said Uber drivers lacked the necessary authorization to drive vehicles and acted as unfair competition to the existing taxi industry.

The move comes after legal action was taken against the California-based company by the Madrid Taxi Association.

The judge said his ruling was not a philosophical statement on the free market or the sharing economy but was a precautionary measure based on existing Spanish law.

The position of Uber was not heard in court as the company is domiciled in the US state of Delaware for tax purposes.   

"This is a highly unusual judicial ruling on commercial matters," Uber said in a statement provided to The Local by email.

"This decision is incompatible with the general political recognition in Spain and in the European Union of the benefits of sharing resources and the sharing economy in a moment of high unemployment and fragile economic growth," the company said.

"Uber will continue to comply with Spanish legislation and is currently looking at an appeal against these sudden and unusual proceedings."

Story continues below…

The ban is the latest salvo in the battle against Uber in Spain. Both Madrid and Barcelona have previously announced financial sanctions against Uber drivers, while Catalonia recently said it was considering impounding vehicles with drivers having to pay €6,000 ($7,500) to have their cars released.

The Spain ban also comes a day after the taxi-booking app was banned in Dehli because of the alleged rape of a passenger by an Uber driver.   

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

George Mills (george.mills@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spanish woman wrongly jailed for 'murder that didn't happen'
File photo of a woman in prison. Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP.

The Spanish Supreme Court ordered the government to pay a woman €60,000 after finding she had been kept in prison over a murder that judges said never happened.

Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao
Photo: Don McCullough/Flickr

The plane was attempting to land at Bilbao airport in the Basque Country.

Video
Watch: Brad Pitt saves little girl from crush on set in Spain
The Hollywood actor saved the girl from being crushed. Screen grab: MARCADI RIVERSAN/YouTube

The actor turned real life Hollywood hero when he saved a young girl from being injured this week.

Spanish journalist feared kidnapped by Colombia rebels
Photo: saludhernandezmora.com

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said his security forces had launched a sweeping operation to find the journalist.

The Local list
Top Ten: Barcelona's coolest rooftop bars
For a good time in Barcelona head to the skies. Photo: Ohlahotel.com

After you have spent a day exploring Barcelona at street level, it's time to head to the skies and take in the view.

Spanish cops issue fine over 'All Cats Are Beautiful' bag
The offending bag and the fine issued over it. Photo: Bélen Lobeto

What could be so offensive about this cat lover's bag?

Fearless gay couple stand up to neo-Nazis... with a kiss
Photo: Madrid Diversa/Twitter

A gay couple stood up to the homophopic and racist chants at a Madrid neo-Nazi rally in the bravest way imaginable.

Vegans get naked and bloody at Barcelona anti-meat protest
The protesters pretended to be big slabs of meat. Photo: Pau Barrena/AFP

A group of animal rights protesters wrapped their naked bodies in giant meat packaging trays to preach the benefits of a meat-free diet.

Model goes on trial for murder of British expat millionaire
Mayka Kukucova with British businessman Andrew Bush. Photo: Facebook

A Slovakian model stands trial on Monday in Málaga, accused of murdering her millionaire ex-boyfriend.

Spanish director wins Cannes prize for car park love story
The short film is a love story between two parking attendants. Screen grab: Juanjo Gimenez/YouTube

An unlikely contender triumphed at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday evening.

Culture
Ten unique Basque words you need to learn right now
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
National
'It’s time to dig up Franco' say victims of Spain's dictatorship
Lifestyle
'Severe jellyfish stings' end Brit's Spanish swim feat
Sport
5 reasons why Spanish clubs dominate European football
International
Tesco to bring British tea and biscuits to Spanish stores
Culture
Bucket list: 16 brilliant things to do once in your life in Spain
National
Spain's Civil War victims to be exhumed from Franco's tomb
National
Two mums face jail for leaving kids in car to go out drinking
Education
Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
National
Ten superb reasons why you need to visit San Sebastián
Society
Abused wife saved by hiding SOS note in son's homework
National
Look up! Rare meteor shower set to dazzle skies over Spain
Politics
Why Spain is heading for a Groundhog day election
Travel
Ibiza bans drinking in street… and that includes water
National
Expats didn't 'abandon' UK so ALL Brits should get EU vote
Features
What's on in Spain: May 2016
Travel
Discover Spain's breathtaking national parks
National
Couple caught on camera having sex on metro platform
National
Spain's stunning locations for Game of Thrones Season Six
National
Ten delicious Spanish dishes you must try before you die
National
Forget tampons and use sea sponges, says Catalan town
Culture
Nine reasons why Cervantes is better than Shakespeare
International
Two thirds of Spaniards want Britain to remain in EU
3,248
jobs available