Uber to scale down operations in Turkey

Uber to scale down operations in Turkey

ISTANBUL
Uber to scale down operations in Turkey

Ride-hailing company Uber has decided to scale down some of its operations in Turkey amid rows between the regular yellow taxi drivers and Uber drivers.

At some point tensions led to violence last year. After a series of violent confrontations between the taxi drivers, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had intervened in June last year, heralding “an end” to Uber in Turkey.

Taxi drivers’ associations took the issue to local courts, demanding the authorities to ban Uber.

“The current situation does not allow carrying out Uber XL services. Those services will be gradually downsized,” the ride-hailing company said in a statement, according to İhlas News Agency.

Uber added that it remains committed to Turkey and said that it would continue to provide taxi services.

“We want to work together with local stakeholders to come up with new solutions which will ensure all provinces in Turkey enjoy benefits offered by innovative technologies such as Uber,” the statement added.

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