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Why Uber Failed in European Countries?


Uber is the most unique start up company that went successfully throughout the world. Uber was launched in the year 2009 in San Francisco and till 2011, it was known as UberCab. Yes, for three years it was known as UberCab and after that, the company changed the name to just “Uber”. It’s been 10 years now since when Uber was launched and it completely disrupted the old school taxi industry. Uber was the first one to start the taxi services through their mobile application.

Uber has already made its place in the worldwide market in these 10 years so much so that its future seems quite bright. At present, there are three subsidiaries of Uber and those are Uber Eats, Jump Bikes & Otto. Uber has always come up with something new and has always brought a smile on the faces of their customers. Many countries are thankful to Uber for providing such an amazing commutation service at such low cost. Booking a taxi has now become so easy because there are many other taxi service providing companies like Uber. So, although it was Uber that started such a service, today, there are so many different taxi apps in the same market that a customer doesn’t need to worry about getting one anymore.

But it hasn’t been only swords and glory for Uber everywhere throughout their journey. It has also earned a lot of criticism in many countries. And if criticism wasn’t enough, Uber ended up getting banned in many countries. In fact, in Europe, Uber is still the most controversial taxi service providing company.

It all started with Uber getting the whip in London. Once that happened, other countries almost followed a sequential pattern in the rest of the European market.

Here we have a list of those European countries where Uber got banned. Along with the country name, the reason for Uber getting a ban is also mentioned. Make sure you read them all.


In 2015, Uber directly suspended the services in Bulgaria, one of the most beautiful countries of Europe. Uber got banned in Bulgaria because Uber was accused with the charge of doing unfair trade practices. Uber allowed many drivers who were not having professional driving license to work as an Uber driver. The Bulgarian government has given Uber to resume practice but only when Uber meets the least requirement of legislation and register their company as a taxi service.


The Danish reason was along similar lines. The reason was in 2017, the Danish government announced one strict rule and it was regarding the taxi services. Every taxi should have fare meters and seat occupancy sensors. There was no chance of Uber to use fare meters as Uber has its own fare estimation system. That is why Uber is banned in Denmark.


There is still some speculations on whether it is true or not but Uber drivers were once again found in breach of the rules and regulation of taxi services in Hungary. Soon, the Hungarian government passed a law and cut down the internet accessibility for Uber users. This is how Uber got banned in Hungary.

Uber like Business in Legal Format

If you too have a similar business plan like Uber then make sure you do not make any mistakes like Uber. Get an Uber like app from an app developing company and get started with your on demand Uber like taxi services.

The first step towards this is to make sure that you do a thorough research on the different apps of the taxi format that are available in the market. Once you find your own list, shortlist on the basis of the demo that you take.

Try to focus on how you’d like the app to be for the people. You have to look at it from the perspective of the user as well as the Service provider. What you have to do is to ensure that a Driver is comfortable in handling the app just as much as the user is. When you do that, you can’t really go wrong. Understand the reasons why Uber was not appreciated and how that opens a window for you.

Another key thing to be extremely careful of is to make sure that you are buying the application from a reliable source. Take a thorough background check of the company that you will be buying the app from, and then proceed from there.

Check client reviews, overall portfolio and other reliable sources to make sure that you don’t go wrong. When it comes to spending for your business, you can never be too careful. And really, it never hurt anyone to be very cautious. A business is a big step, so ensure that you don’t end up falling on the wrong side of law or end up picking a product that is not good enough.

Author Bio:

Archie Cadell is a veteran taxi booking app developer who has worked with some of the top teams of mobile app building across the globe. He is popular amongst technical readers because of his honest and slapstick reviews and detailed blogs like