Turkey’s president says Uber is ‘Over’

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An Uber app on a mobile telephone in central London, Britain, 22 September 2017. Transport for London (TFL), the governing body responsible for transport in London, announced on 22 September 2017 that they will not renew Uber's license as a private hire operator in the city. Transport for London  has informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on 30 September 2017.
Uber loses its license to operate in London, United Kingdom - 22 Sep 2017

You might not want to count on hailing an Uber car in Istanbul any time soon. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed at a Ramadan dinner that the ridesharing outfit’s business is “over” in the country, with the interior ministry reportedly giving “the orders.” Uber currently runs under a license that costs much less than taxi plates (about $760 US instead of $360,000), but Erdogan argued that it was “not possible” to offer a taxi alternative with that lower-cost option.

We’ve asked Uber for comment. Its service continues to operate in Turkey as of this writing, although there’s a court hearing on Uber scheduled for June 4th. Critics aren’t entirely convinced there will be a shutdown, though — one Uber operator speaking to Bloomberg called an anti-Uber crackdown an “election pledge” that didn’t carry much weight.

If there is a ban, it would compound Uber’s ongoing problems finding acceptance abroad. It recently dodged bans in places like the Czech Republic and Egypt, but it hasn’t always been lucky — just look at London as an example. In Turkey’s case, it’s facing both the usual opposition from taxi drivers as well as a nationalistic government bent on protecting local businesses.

Bloomberg

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Yetunde Onanuga is the Business and Advert Manager for Maverick Multimedia, publisher of Acada Magazine where she doubles as the Beauty and Lifestyle columnist. She’s also the creative Director of Beautyful Beauty Ventures; a Make-Up/MakeOver and Fashion and Style outfit, having make up for the likes of Iyanya, Tayo Shobola, Olamide, Olaide Bakare, Brain and Denrele Edun amongst others.

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