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Seoul plans to flag down Uber taxi app

Published on Jul 21, 2014 4:17 PM
 
A file photo taken January 25, 2010 shows a South Korean taxi in Seoul. South Korea's capital Seoul said Monday, July 21, 2014 it planned to ban the smartphone car-hailing service Uber, saying it raised passenger safety issues and threatened the livelihood of licensed taxi drivers. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's capital Seoul said Monday it planned to ban the smartphone car-hailing service Uber, saying it raised passenger safety issues and threatened the livelihood of licensed taxi drivers.

The Uber app which allows clients to connect directly with "black car" services was launched in Seoul in August last year.

But the city council said it bypassed strict controls imposed on licensed taxi drivers, including background checks, insurance and vehicle upkeep and safety.

"We are looking into related laws to block Uber and similar apps that arrange such illegal transportation activities," the council said in a statement.

 
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