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Uber taxi app under fire from courts and other taxi firms


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Uber taxi app under fire from courts and other taxi firms

The US online taxi booking company Uber has had several more set backs since being banned in India where one of its drivers has been accused of rape.

In Spain a judge has ordered a temporary ban of the service on the grounds that its drivers generate unfair competition, while in Thailand it has now been ordered off the streets as its drivers are unregistered.

The Uber app is designed so that consumers can hail a taxi directly from their phones, without needing to call in a booking to a central office, and are often considerably cheaper than licenced taxis.

Its introduction has annoyed taxi drivers at traditional firms the world over, but supporters say the competition should be encouraged.

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