Setback for Uber as South Korea Bans Private Drivers

May 29, 2015 3:58 AM

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Setback for Uber as South Korea Bans Private Drivers

In a largely symbolic move that appears to be aimed directly at Uber’s cheap uberX service, South Korea passed legislation on Friday banning unlicensed drivers from providing taxi services — becoming the first country to institute a nationwide prohibition of the practice.

According to Reuters, the bill is a blanket ban on private taxi services but lawmakers who pushed the bill did so citing uberX, a service that matches commuters with individuals using their personal cars as a taxi.

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