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Uberpop cancels ride-sharing service in Sweden

Published onsdag 11 maj 2016 kl 10.14
Uberpop will no longer be available in Sweden.
Uberpop will no longer be available in Sweden. Photo: Heiko Junge/NTB scanpix/TT

The transportation company Uber is cancelling its Uberpop branch following a number of court rulings deeming the service illegal.

Uberpop, an app connecting drivers with people in need of transport, has been available in Sweden since 2014. Anyone with a car has been able to register as an Uberpop driver, and fares have been lower than those for regular cabs or Uber's professional services. Following numerous Swedish court sentences where Uberpop drivers have been found guilty of illegal cab activities, Uber is now choosing to cancel its Uberpop services permanently, reports Dagens Nyheter.

Until now, Uber has maintained that Uberpop is a carpooling service rather than a cab service, and has continued to recruit drivers. 30 Uberpop drivers have now been found guilty of illegal cab sevices. One case was affirmed in an appeals court, and is now being taken to the Supreme Court.

Alongside criticism regarding the legality of Uberpop, questions have been raised over taxes. Uberpop drivers are responsible for paying their own taxes, and also need to cover their own petrol costs, insurance, and their own salaries - as well as giving a share to Uber. But Uber claims it has informed drivers about taxation matters, and also claims that it lowers the threshold for people wanting to get onto the jobs market.

The Swedish government launched an inquiry last year with the aim of scrutinising the cab industry and services like Uberpop. The inquiry was supposed to have been completed by July 1st this year, but has now been delayed until December, and that is why Uber is now taking a U-turn cancelling the Uberpop service entirely. 

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