Uber Executives to stand trial over UberPop

 

Posted Wednesday, July 1st 2015
Uber Executives to stand trial over UberPop
French prosecutors have announced today that the two Uber executives, Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and Thibaud Simphal, who were taken into police custody yesterday in Paris will be charged for operating an illegal taxi service. The trial is due to take place on September 30th.

These occurrences happened after French taxi unions took a stand protesting UberPop services, alleging them to be illegal since a law passed last year strengthened the regulatory requirements for chauffeur services.

French police have been conducting ongoing investigations since March into this matter, and have already raided Uber’s Paris offices. However, law enforcement has toughened its stance since French taxi drivers went on strike last week.

French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, called on police to enforce a new ban on drivers using UberPop. So far 200 drivers have been fined and one has been sentenced to 15 days in jail.

The Uber France spokesperson has provided a statement confirming that the executives have been released from custody and that representatives of the company will meet with Cazeneuve’s chief of staff tomorrow.

I.J.V.