We need some kind of global scoreboard to keep track of which Uber services are legal in which municipality. Surely there is such a thing at Uber HQ, but we have no such thing here at Consumerist. Good news for fans of low-cost transport who are visiting France, though: Uberpop, the peer-to-peer taxi service that any safe driver can work for, can temporarily still operate in France.
Uber’s ride-summoning app offers different services at differing price points: there’s also UberBlack, a service for licensed livery drivers who pick you up in whatever the local equivalent of a Town Car is. Most countries don’t have a problem with this version of the service, but it’s the lower-cost services with a lower barrier to entry that have met with opposition from governments and taxi drivers alike everywhere from New York City to Japan.
That service is called UberX in the United States and UberPop in Europe, and the company has had to stop offering the service altogether in many countries. In France, it can operate for now, but only until a lawsuit filed by a group of transportation companies makes its way to a higher court. Since the case against Uber calls into question a new transport law, the case may reach the country’s constitutional court.
Uber Wins French Court Reprieve Over Legality of Low-Cost Service [WSJ]