Uber faces trouble in US and Europe too

  • Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2014 01:35 IST

Uber hired David Plouffe, the man who won President Barack Obama two consecutive terms, recently to sharpen the company’s vision as it ventured into new markets.

Uber, the five-year-old car-hailing smartphone App that was recently valued at $18.2 billion, seems in need of more than Plouffe to take it forward. A retired policeman?

A Los Angeles customer was driven off route to a desolate lot in October, reported Valleywag, a blogger. She managed to get out of the car only after she screamed for help.

A cab driver with Uber, who was charged for assaulting a passenger in June, was found to have had several drug-related convictions not detected during background check.

Uber deactivated the account of another in March after a passenger complained of unwanted advances made by him.

Uber’s troubles are not all from its drivers.

A senior Uber executive Emil Michael kicked up a storm recently for suggesting the company should dig up dirt on hostile media critics as a way of stopping them.

The company has also riled up other established taxi services in the US and Europe mostly due to its disruptionist business model.

The service has been banned from taking bookings in the Netherlands via its smartphone app where it could face heavy fines. Uber said it would appeal against the decision by the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal in The Hague on Monday.

The company has faced legal action in Germany and a number of European capitals.
(With inputs from Reuters)

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