Uber Investigation Launched in Amsterdam For Providing Illegal Taxi Service

Apr 17, 2015 06:50 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

Uber almost went a whole week without getting into trouble before Dutch prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into the ride-sharing service for providing an "illegal taxi service," Reuters reported.

Local prosecutors launched an investigation into the San Francisco-based company after police in Amsterdam caught "dozens" of drivers offering illegal taxi services.

"The company Uber is now a suspect," a Public Prosecutor's office said in a statement on Friday, according to Reuters. "This means a preliminary examination will be started to collect evidence that Uber is providing illegal transportation on a commercial basis."

Uber was banned in a German court back in March for running its services while using unlicensed drivers. A Dutch court ordered the company to stop offering its UberPOP service or it could face hefty fines of up to 100,000 euros ($110,000 USD).

UberPop links private drivers with passengers through their mobile devices. At press time, the five-year-old service is still available on Uber's Amsterdam website.

Uber is currently appealing the ruling, according to the Reuters report.

Despite its popularity around the world, Uber has also been hit with court injunctions in key demographics like Belgium, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

Last month, we reported that Uber filed complaints with the European Union against Germany and France over bans on their services.

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

So far, 23 drivers have been fined 1,500 euros ($1,618.50 USD) total by Dutch police for operating without a license.

Uber is valued at $40 billion, with operations in 53 countries and 200 cities around the globe.

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