"Transportation company Uber just announced ... that it will be suspending UberPOP in France ... The news follows a difficult week for the company. Last Thursday, anti-Uber protests turned to a mini-guerrilla warfare as taxi drivers flipped over and burnt Uber cars. On Monday, two Uber France leaders were taken into custody ... they will be judged in September for running illegal taxi operations." - Romain Dillet, TechCrunch, July 3, 2015. Here is the article.
UberPOP is configured to allow anyone to become a driver without having an official license. Of course, that upends the traditional taxi industry. But, finally, Uber might have run into a situation in which its bravado and war chest of funding won't sustain its defiance. Clearly, in this confrontation it's Uber which is blinking.
As municipalities in the U.S. and nations around the world observe this French push-back on Uber, they might also become emboldened. They might figure: If the French can stop Uber, at least temporarily, then so can we. If Uber wants to do business in our town it will have to change its business practices - and maybe even rebrand.