Another reason for the said decision is the new taxi law which lays out new requirements for drivers working with the ride-hailing giant.
In Denmark Uber claim to have 2k drivers and 300k users, so this will send shockwaves in the Danish market and we may well see a Danish company dominate.
The Uber app will be defunct from 18 April, Uber's spokesman in Denmark, Kristian Agerbo, said at a press conference in Copenhagen on Tuesday (28 March).
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Uber, whose app is used by more than 2,000 drivers and 300,000 riders in Denmark, noted that the installation of taximeters and seat-sensors effectively block the use of modern technology, like smartphones, which can serve the same functions. The pitch made by minority liberal government to accommodate new operators, like Uber, along with ambitions to deregulate the taxi business even went to vain, post the introduction of their new laws back in February.
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The company is appealing against the ruling, in which the tribunal dismissed as "faintly ridiculous" the idea that Uber was "a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common "platform". One-upmanship with the law has never gone Uber's way thus far.
"I would just like to wish Uber a safe trip home", said opposition Socialist People's Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti) MP and transport spokesperson Karsten Hønge, who also tweeted a picture with a cake celebrating the news, copying the controversial 'immigration cake' Facebook post by integration minister Inger Støjberg earlier this month.
About 2,000 Danish drivers, now employed by the company, will be adversely affected by this decision. Those drivers were fined in November, and the case against Uber will come to court by the end of April. It has a software development division in Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city, where it employs 40 people who work on its infrastructure software, according to the company website.
The report, which looked at all driving services, also lists two changes for the taxi industry.