Uber Files Complaint With European Commission Over Germany, Spain Bans

Apr 02, 2015 10:47 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro

Uber has filed complaints with the European Commission against Germany and Spain over bans on their mobile phone taxi-hailing service.

The European Commission confirmed to Reuters that it received an official grievance against a German ban on Uber providing users its services throughout the country.

A spokesman for Uber confirmed a similar complaint had been filed against Spain on March 30.

"We have received two complaints against France and one against Germany," said a spokesman for the European Commission, to Reuters.

"We don't close the doors to possibilities offered by new technologies, but we do think that things need to happen within a framework which also covers existing legislation," the spokesman added.

The European Commission has not commented on the complaint against Spain yet.

Previously, the San Francisco-based company filed two complaints against a French law over its issues with Uber's UberPop service. French police raided Uber's headquarters in France last month, where officers seized emails and documents from 45 employees and smartphones from Uber drivers for nearly six hours.

Uber is facing a number of legal issues around the globe, including Europe, where taxi drivers have protested its services both in court and on the streets.

The main issues Uber faces is how it pays drivers and charges passengers. Taxi companies generally agree that Uber competes unfairly since it doesn't have to pay their hefty license fees while avoiding most local laws.

The ride-hailing company has received court injunctions in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spin, to name a few.

Uber, the world's most valuable venture-backed start-up company, is valued at $40 billion, with operations in 53 countries and 200 cities around the globe.

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