The American ride hailing firm Uber on Thursday said that it will pause its unlicensed ‘UberPOP’ service in Finland until a law defining the taxi market enters into force by next year.
Uber’s Finland GM Joel Jarvinen said that “The company will stop Uberpop service in Finland to avoid problems for his drivers.”
In Thursday’s blog post, Uber’s General Manager for Finland, Jarvinen said that “We want to ensure that we do not pose drivers who use our app or our employees any unnecessary issues – especially now that we have a bright future to look forward to. We believe that the best way to do so and focus on the future is to pause UberPOP and relaunch in the summer of 2018.”
Uber’s licensed service UberBLACK will continue its operation in the Finnish capital Helsinki and Jarvinen said the company was committed to supporting the hundreds of drivers who would no longer be able to make money with UberPOP.
Once new laws are implemented, drivers will still need a permit, but annual permit quotes and fare restrictions will be removed, which can help new entrants in the market.
Uber is legal in Finland, its drivers get valid tax licenses, but the company is targeting police investigation and the drivers have been ordered to give their income in the state due to non-valid taxi permits.
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