Controversial Uber taxi app faces ban in Spain

A Madrid-based judge has ruled in favor of banning taxi app Uber in Spain, after numerous taxi driver demonstrations in the country on grounds of unfair competition.

The judge accepted an injunction proposed by the Madrid Taxi Association on Tuesday, ahead of a lawsuit the group has planned to file against the taxi service.

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In a statement released by a Madrid court on Tuesday, the judge ordered Uber to cease activities in Spain. The car-hailing service was accused of operating illegally with no professional license and of breaking competition laws.

There was no immediate comment from Uber in response to the ban.

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Uber has already faced a number of regulatory battles in Europe and is in the process of arguing that a new French law governing car-service apps is unconstitutional.

The Spanish ban comes on the same day as a ban from the Indian capital of New Delhi, following the alleged rape of female passenger by an Uber driver.

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The service was also banned from Thailand on Tuesday due to regulatory issues and is under scrutiny in Vietnam, Reuters reported.

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