Uber Technologies Inc. is battling fresh regulatory problems in Europe, overshadowing its success in restoring service in Taiwan after a two-month suspension stemming from a dispute with authorities there.
After a two-month hiatus in Taiwan, Uber has struck an agreement with its government to resume ride-hailing operations there through partnerships with car-rental companies.
The San Francisco-based company’s alliance with car-rental companies will allow it to legally offer transportation services starting Thursday in Taipei, by using licensed commercial drivers rather than private drivers, Uber said. Car-rental companies are licensed transportation providers in Taiwan because they offer car-rental services and also offer drivers.
In Europe, meanwhile, Uber’s regulatory conflicts are mounting. The company faces a court-imposed deadline to suspend the firm’s only remaining ride-hailing service in Italy by Monday, after taxi drivers won a lawsuit alleging that Uber violated competition laws. In Denmark, Uber says it will close its services on Tuesday because of new taxi regulations that the company says are too onerous.